Here is a receipt to add to your sugar water. This will encourage the bees to drink the sugar water which will allow them to build comb faster.
5 cups water
2 ½ pounds of sugar
1/8 teaspoon lecithin granules (used as an emulsifier)
15 drops spearmint oil
15 drops lemongrass oil
Bring the water to a boil and integrate the sugar until dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved remove the mixture from the heat and quickly add the lecithin and the essential oils. Stir until everything is evenly distributed. This solution should have a strong scent and not be left open around bees. Cool before using.
1. Put in Sugar Water Feed to draw bees to eat it.
2. Spray over frames to help introduce new queen…it mask the smells and the queen will be accepted better.