I have honey left in a 1/2 gal plastic bottle; but it seems to have absorbed a plastic smell from the bottle and we won't eat it. Can I dump it on my compost pile, or in the soil; or will it attract unwanted critters?
Rick, I doubt honeybees would burrow into compost to get to honey buried there, but if it leaked to the outside of the bin, they would certainly take advantage of it.
Honeybees don't immediately consume the nectar they collect. They mix it with other sources of nectar, then fan it with their wings to remove excess moisture. When it is the correct consistency, they cap the cell with beeswax, which they excrete from their own bodies.
During the winter months, or when there is little nectar available, they break into their stores to keep themselves alive. If they have stored "bad honey" they can get sick and die. Honey that is purchased from the supermarket has frequently been heated to prevent it from crystallizing. Some honeys on the shelf (especially those imported from overseas) are adulterated with high fructose corn syrup or other "syrups" - these are deadly to honeybees!
Even "real honey" should not be given to honeybees as it can contain spores that will make them sick.
Honeybee...I had no idea it could be lethal! Thank you so much for this valuable info. I was indeed dumping it into compost also...no idea I could be doing harm to the bees...I will pay more attention and spread the word!
someone gave us a large plastic jug full of honey, but over time the honey has picked up the chemical smell of the plastic...I should have transferred it to a glass container for long term storage, as most things take on a plastic smell after a while.
Tammylp - I understand completely. My hubby transfers everything into glass containers that comes in plastic. We go around the supermarket tapping containers trying to guess if it's plastic or glass. LOL
I don't even store leftovers in plastic. I've purchased lots of glass containers to store/reheat food in. Before we purchased this house, we made sure it had copper pipes - plastic makes water taste terrible!