Hi All. Some key info, I have 2 hives and I am based in WA Australia.
I am posting here for some advice on my current situation. I purchased a traditional hive about this time last year in preparation for adding a flow hive. Everything was going smoothly until about 3 months ago when it swarmed, since then they have become very aggressive.
Up until this time I could approach the hive easily without a suit or veil and the bees paid me no mind but shortly after they swarmed they would increasingly buzz my face to drive me off, but now it has reached the point were I can’t get with 10 meters of the hive without them instantly attacking me in the face with no warning (am writing this with a swollen cheek) as well as following me up 40 meters from the hive (in my suite). They are getting to be a too dangerous as they are attacking any one who comes with in range. I recently took a super full of honey off (I left them a full frame, its summer here) to install the flow hive (which they are taking to) and I was cover in bees attacking my veil (I could hear them bouncing off from the force). Even after washing my suit they still attack on site when trying to inspect the hive, even with a smoker.
Given my limited knowledge and experience I am guessing my store bought gentle queen has parted with the swarm and I know have a feral queen. I also rescued a another swarm from a friends bbq which sits in roughly the same area as the aggressive hive and they give me very little issues ( can approach this hive).
I am posting here for some advice of what to do next, I was looking into re-queening but I wanted to ask a few questions;
1 - Can I simply kill the feral queen, will the bees be able to recover or should I buy one to avoid ending up in the same situation?
2 - How do I stop this from happening again? I think they swarmed before as I was a bit slow in adding the honey super and giving them room to grow but do I need to look for queen cups in the brood box every few weeks?
Any advice appreciated as they are getting out of hand but I want to avoid drowning the hive and starting over.