Bee Hive Update August 2016

Every week I head out to check on our beehive. It is hard not to notice them in our small back yard as they are quite prominent.

However, I have been watching a lot of You Tube videos on how people deal with their hives, and I think that due to the location and accessibility of our hives, that I am probably freaking them out when I am in the garden.

In addition, there is an entire section of our garden my wife and I seem to be less likely to go to now we have the bees. This is because the bees are aimed straight at that plot of land, and it seems to be their ‘runway’.   As the hives are only accessible from the front, I have learnt from experience that they really do not like this, it really seems to agitate them.

And so it came to pass that I felt it was time to move the hives to better enable us to access the rear and sides of the hive. While also moving it slightly further away from the neighbors by about 10 meters. Mind you there are two fences between the bee hives and the neighbors.

So after preparing the land to allow for the bee hives to be moved, I suited up.

I am yet to master the smoker. I know that sounds strange coming from someone who is capable of lighting a fire, but I think that perhaps I am not well prepared at any point in time for creating a new smoker.  Some days it works well, today.  If you ask me, bees don’t like the smoke. if anything it agitates them like a crazy man running around with his arms waving above his head.  Yet all I do is smoke them.

With both hives smoked, I decided to move the smallest hive first. Makes sense to me. Do the smaller one, check my method and then move the bigger one. Given how dark it was and how cold it is, they sure don’t like being moved!  However, the small hive had been moved, bees were everywhere and .. OMG, one of the buggers was in my suit buzzing around my head! Not a good feeling, because they really shouldn’t bet getting  in.  I found out later I had not totally zipped up one of the sides to the helmet.  So like any good bee defending the colony, I got stung.

So, having been stung, I decided that dealing with the sting was more important than moving the bigger hive. So, after removing the sting, I went back to the hive which I just moved and placed a piece of wood over the entrance.  It is recommended that when moving a hive such a short distance as this, that I should prevent the bees from leaving for a few days. It is to do with stopping the bees from returning to the original location of the hive.   I plan on taking this off in a few days, by then I am sure they will be just itching to get out.

I shall leave that for tomorrow, and take some pics of the new location then too.

 

DateTime of DayCircumstance Surrounding Sting(s)Other Comments
2015-11-186:00 PMI had just finished 'pounding' in a post using the heavy crow bar. I think a bee caught a ride on my left leg. I was not stung until I walked past the front door to the Chicken Coop. The sting was more like a surprising annoyance. In fact ants leave a worse lasting impression. The sting was gone within 15 or 20 minutes.
2015-12-195:15 PMI was inspecting the right hand side Hive, and felt it sting me through my right leather glove!
2015-12-259:00 AMI had noticed that there were small ants crawling on the right hand side hive. So I put some boiling water and dish-washing liquid into a container, and gently cleaned off the ants. At least one of the bees decided I was in participation with the ants, so I got stung on the right forearm.
2016-01-107:30 PMWhile watering, one bee decided to become kamikaze on me. Making a bee line straight for my head, it was a one on one battle between me, the water hose and a bee. The bee won, and died a fast, painful death. My head is still sore.
2016-01-166:30 PMWatering, but this time i was wearing a simple bee suit. So of course it stung me on the left thigh.
2016-02-207:00 PMHaving just finished inspecting both hives, and adding a new box to one of the hives, I was walking away and one stung me on the instep of my left ankle. Approx 15 seconds later another one stung me on the out step of my ankle. I am convinced that this was a synchronized kamikaze attempt to ward me from the hive.
2016-03-037:00 PMI was inspecting the right hive. Fully suited up and wearing as much protection as possible. One bee stung me through my suit on the right lower forearm - somehow getting through the top part of my glove. Later on I found out that this bee managed to sting me twice (or perhaps it was two bees?).

Then, at my right ankle. What is it about ankles? I had three or four stings take me out. One in particular really hurt! I just remember thinking, Ill grin and bear it.

Over all, that is about six stings. More stings than I have ever had at once before.
So, I noticed my face start to swell up afterwards. I had never noticed this action before, so I thought it might be best to head off down to the ER and see if something should be done with it. Needless to say I got a shot of adrenaline and some antihistamine tablets. Four hours later, I was released and felt very tired for the next few days.

I have decided to leave the bees alone for a few weeks!
2016-03-087:00 PMI was watering the pot plants. It has never been an issue before, but a bee decided to attack me. I am no where near the bee hive, but still it seems I am on the agenda! This time it is the back of my left hand. Here is for hoping nothing further comes out of this sting.
2016-08-206:25 PM (after Sunset)I had decided to move both my hives so they are not as close to the neighbors. After discussing the new location and setting up the new location, I decided to wait until sunset, when the temperature would drop to about 13 degrees Fahrenheit. I had almost finished moving one of the hives when I noticed a buzzing sound slightly louder then usual only to find that the bugger had gotten into my suit and on my face! Bastard stung me about 1cm left of my left eye. While I have not finished moving both hives, I decided it was more important to get this sting out of my eye. So, one hive moved thus far.
2016-08-256:30 PM (after sunset)Not sure what I was thinking. I didn't wear the full suit. I could not find the protective sock coverings which I usually wear (long socks with five holes cut out of them that protect my wrists and arms).

One bee stung me through my leather gloves on the left wrist, and then moments later another bee stung me on the right wrist.

I was able to get them out quick enough. Though while the sting on my right dissipated quickly, the one on the left swelled for quite a few hours.
2016-08-289:15 AMI should have been wearing a hat!
I was pruning the Tamarillo tree (it is a cousin to the tomato plant) and a bee landed on my hair. Instead of flying off, it kept buzzing and must have gotten itself caught. The inevitable happened and I got stung on my head. Lucky my wife was around to get it out.