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My New Angry Bee Strategy


#1

I think this only works for one angry bee. I brought a large nuc home last night & split it this morning before it got settled. Maybe it’s a few of those bees that were after me today while working in my garden. I was sitting down & also working with organic fertilizer, (blood & bone etc.) which wouldn’t have helped. My new strategy is to put my head down & freeze & don’t breathe heavily. It worked every time. It didn’t take long for the bee to give up & go away. However it didn’t take long for the same one or a new one to appear:) A while back I read that the bees target the area where we exhale carbon dioxide. So by bowing my head & hiding the point of exhaling & not breathing heavily, the bees found it hard to find that place & went away.


#2

You must have nerves of steel, Jeff
Stings don’t bother me…but on the face…no no


#3

I know it’s the wrong thing to do, but I’m still a “freak out and run away flapping” person when a bee comes at my face and I don’t have a veil on. I’m really trying not to, can mostly stay calm but when they get next to my face primal instinct takes over. :flushed:


#4

I think “walk away” is a good strategy. It’s what I’ve been doing lately and it works well most of the time. We all know bees are territorial critters and if they buzz you, it’s to encourage you to go away. Generally by the time I’ve walked 10 metres down the track, the bees have lost interest and gone back home.

I have built little back verandas on some of my bottom boards so I can supplementary feed with syrup. Little hole it the “roof” of the vereandah lets me insert an upside down feeder bottle. My latest version has a bee proof ss screen underneath but with the older versions, bees can escape when I’m replacing the feeder. Sometimes they are not happy!


#5

Hi & thank you @Dee, @Kebabman & @sciencemaster. It happened again after I posted my message. I was sitting down & kept my head bowed, she was determined to get me & I was determined to prove my theory & it worked, she eventually went away. I clapped on one earlier in the day, she went down & got me a beauty on top of the foot. I can hardly walk on it this morning.


#6

Sounds like something I’ve been trying to fashion, can you post a pic please , you might have solved the problem I’ve been having making mine?


#7

Hi Kirsten,

Here are a few pics of the latest version.

The 250mL maple syrup bottle is a good size for a nuc but is too small for a normal sized hive. This bottle came with a pouring hole in the lid but I’ve drilled 8mm holes in others. You need to be able to block off the hole with your finger so you can invert the bottle when it goes onto the feeder as per the second pic.

The screen in the third pic keeps the bees inside the feeder and also sets the depth of the syrup. I have it set about 5mm from the base. This gives the girls a chance to get out when the syrup comes flooding in. Any caught directly under the mesh may not make it though.

The fourth pic shows the metal tray with the verandah roof lifted off. I made it from soft annealed, 0.3mm aluminium flashing, glued in at the corners and along the bottom edges. It extends 8mm inside the hive, a double bee space. The space is too big for the girls to propylise up, too small for them to burr up with wax, but plenty big enough to give them good access.

I hope this helps when you are making something for yourself. I’m in the (slow) process of building another three bases. I will take some more pics and measurements as I go.


#8

Thanks @sciencemaster it does help. The problem I’ve been having, partly, is the bottle shape, if I could find a large flat sided bottle that didn’t interfer with side of hive body, would be a big help! Oh for some ‘normal’ Spring weather & some sort of flow! I really didn’t/don’t want to be feeding them artificially, but seems for now have no choice. The original colonies the swarms came from are thriving, so it seems that if I can get them to a stage where they have good stores in hive I may be able to avoid this eventually. I’m thinking it will be next year though at this rate.
Thank you for taking the time to provide the detailed descriptions & photos you give too, it’s very kind of you.