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July 5, 2013 at 3:01 PMComments: 2 Faves: 0

The Dangers of Omega 9

By Rex More Blogs by This Author

Many people believe that the fatty acids, Omega 3, 6, and 9 are very beneficial for all to help with joint, skin, and hair health. While that may be true of humans, along with cats, dogs, and horses, I feel I must put out a warning for my readers that may be certain ants and bees.

The Dangers Are Real!

If you happen to be part of the ant or bee species, there is a serious chance that Omega 9 could cause you major problems! Some of these insects, as a cleansing mechanism, will release Oleic acid as a pheromone after they die. This will then alert the other drones that their comrade has fallen victim to their short lifespan. At that point, the live bees will push the dead bee out of the hive, making sure that there isn't a large stack of dead bee bodies in the corner of the hive. This works out really well for keeping a clean hive, but, could have disastrous effects for live bees. I can't even imagine the dejection that you would feel after being completely ousted from your home, having your flatmates consider that you are dead to them. So, if you are an ant or a bee, even if you are having joint pain, or skin and hair problems, please, do not take Omega 9 supplements. The results could damage your ego, and perhaps force you to live on your own.


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  • Does this work with wasps too? I can see hornworms spraying themselves with Omega-9 to keep from being used by parasitic wasps. Are bees repulsed by Omega-9? Maybe it would make a great body spray for beekeepers.

  • The bees and the ants are the ones that produce Oleic Acid when they die. And yes, this would repel bees and ants, and it has been hypothesized that it would work with other insects as well. However, Oleic Acid has also been dubbed "the smell of death." This may not be something that you want to cover your body in. I have not had an opportunity to smell it myself, but I can't imagine that it has a pleasant odor. On that note, I would imagine that beekeepers cannot repel their bees that much. Bees recognize that smell as an indicator of a predator about, which would make them flee if smelled in large quantities. This may make them leave the hive if it is too strong.

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