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Nucs & First Sting of 2017 ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’•


#1

Just got home from picking up two nucs in Amish country about an hour from me. The truck from Massachusetts was delayed and rather than go home & come back at the crack my friend & I opted to hang out & wait. We debated about whether it was better to install tonight vs. tomorrow or in mother day or twoโ€ฆand I went for it tonight.

I have to say, in spite of flashbacks to @Cowgirlโ€™s nighttime inspection incident, it went pretty smoothly. Until the very end. When I crouched down to check the entrance reducer, I got stung through my suit where it was taut across my legโ€ฆand my pant leg popped out of my boot :astonished:

Three or four bees raced up inside right when I stood up, some over my clothes & some under, causing the odd predicament of wondering where it would be less awful to be stung - neck, or crotch? :flushed:

Amazingly, the only sting I got was the one through my suit. With the others crawling around on my leg, neck and bum, I walked v e r y s l o w l y to my back door, flipped the outside light on, and stood stock still for about five minutes. The guards still flying around me went to the light, so then I gingerly removed my suit & pants, and managed to step inside with no further hasslesโ€ฆ

Guess Iโ€™ll be off to bed now, so I can wake up & enjoy the sight of bees in my yard once again!


#2

Eva,

Congrats on the install n sorry about the associated pain ! Bummer.

As for the stings. Iโ€™ve always used electrical tap to keep the girls out of my pants n leg access. A couple wraps n it would be near impossible to bees getting in !

Now as for the sting thru the tight fabric โ€ฆ That can happen โ€ฆ I help (assist) in a local Beekeepers school. Someone gets one of those tight clothing stings usually each class or the venting on the gloves.

Iโ€™ve purchased one of those thicker vented models. They are a bit pricy but not stung in 1 1/2 seasons when wearing that suit. Iโ€™ve gotten a couple with the thinner cotton suits. I have four suits ( 1 full vented, 1full cotton , n 2 1/2 cotton suits. The extra suits are for guests โ€ฆ If the bees are feisty โ€ฆ I only allow the observers in 1/2 suits to watch from a few feet back.

Well, Iโ€™ve got to check my Wx station for temps. I need to inspect my four new Nucโ€™s today if it warms up (into the low to mid 50โ€™s) hopefully.

Cheers,
Gerald.


#3

Those velcro straps that cyclists use are pretty good too, and reusable. :wink:
http://a.co/crazeYE


#4

Thanks Gerald! I always appreciate your encouraging spirit & good will :blush:

Good tip about the electrical tape too. Yep, you called it, I have a cheap thin cotton suit with elastic cuffs that didnโ€™t last the season. Forgot about this in my excitement yesterday (also had my socks in my pants pocket so they stayed zipped inside the suit instead of on my feet & up my ankles with cuffs tucked in like they were supposed to!)

Believe itโ€™s time for one of the better suits, since Iโ€™ve come this far :nerd_face:


#5

Looks like a good solution @Dawn_SD, thank you :blush:


#6

Funny. :slight_smile:

When I picked up nucs I was advised to leave the nuc in the hive position for a few days before transferring into the hive body.

Welcome back to the bee owner club, you are, once again, a beek. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#7

Thanks, itโ€™s good to be back :sunglasses::+1:

Yup, I did manage to allow my compulsive side overrule that advice about installโ€ฆI worried a bit about raccoons, and as it turned out we had an unexpected & violent thunderstorm with a major downpour - Iโ€™d have been lying awake wondering if theyโ€™d been flipped, drowned, etc.