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Offline Jen

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Quilt Boxes and Incense Cedar Shavings
« on: January 16, 2023, 01:11:33 pm »
Good morning everyone :) So the last couple of winters I've been using quilt boxes and found that they are of great help keeping the bees warm and dry. I either use our own chainsaw shavings, doug fir or white fir to fill the quilt box. This year tho we have no wood shavings, so hubby came home from Tractor supply with incense cedar shavings. Incense cedar is what cedar chests or some small treasure boxes are made from. It's very perfumy. Do you think this perfume would compromise the bees?
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Re: Quilt Boxes and Incense Cedar Shavings
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2023, 01:23:50 pm »
The reason it is used for cedar chests is that it is an insect repellent. Does that answer your question?
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Re: Quilt Boxes and Incense Cedar Shavings
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2023, 03:30:39 pm »
What Iddee said! It might serve to keep wax moths out? No idea how it will affect the bees though, never tried it!
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Re: Quilt Boxes and Incense Cedar Shavings
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2023, 10:02:50 am »
I have seen wooden ware advertised that was made out of cedar.  Back in Langstroth's time I bet beekeepers made hives out of what ever was most abundant.  Today we know a lot more about the biology of honey bees.  Researchers have found that honey bees use pheromones to communicate and I would think the scent of cedar might interfere with that.  Jen,  I would be curious to know if the cluster refuses to go to the top of the brood box in an effort to avoid the scent of cedar. 
If you have a shortage of wood shavings in the future, I would put up a flyer at the big box store or woodworking craft stores offering to buy wood shavings.  We have 2 woodworking craft stores within 10 miles of where I live.

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Re: Quilt Boxes and Incense Cedar Shavings
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2023, 05:37:23 pm »
Every store here that sells them also has pine shavings.
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Re: Quilt Boxes and Incense Cedar Shavings
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2023, 06:23:00 pm »
Every store here that sells them also has pine shavings.
That's what I use in my quilt boxes.  We have always have them on hand for animal bedding. 

I have seen wooden ware advertised that was made out of cedar.  Back in Langstroth's time I bet beekeepers made hives out of what ever was most abundant.  Today we know a lot more about the biology of honey bees.  Researchers have found that honey bees use pheromones to communicate and I would think the scent of cedar might interfere with that.  Jen,  I would be curious to know if the cluster refuses to go to the top of the brood box in an effort to avoid the scent of cedar. 
I think the cedar used in boxes is red cedar, not incense cedar. 
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