Bees don't want me to weed a certain area

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by milapostol, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    Yesterday I thought I should do some serious weeding in the back 40. The last time I tried, probably about a year ago, the bees made their displeasure known, so I went away.

    Lately, I've been in front of the hives several times, many times sitting about 7' in front of the hives and no one bothered me.

    So while weeding about 6' in front of the hive, a bee came by, buzzed me and got "caught" in my hair. I walked away and it went away, but that reminded me to put on my veil. Thank God I did because about 10 minutes later, I felt a sting to my chest! I felt another, and then one on my arm. I pulled my shirt away while it attempted to sting me more while I walked away. It would not leave, so I smushed it :( with my gardening gloves.

    Now what's up? Are they telling me they prefer the raggedly garden look or what? The weather hasn't been the greatest BTW; we've had a couple days of rain and probably won't let up until day after today. It's chillier than usual too. I don't understand the Jekyll and Hydeness of it all. :confused:
     
  2. tecumseh

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    I would guess weather (nothing coming in and cool) + weed eater (some times they just don't like them high pitch motors).
     

  3. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    Oh, I should clarify that I wasn't using a weed whacker. Only my hands and pruning shears. Perhaps it was the weather, but I still don't think I'll weed this area w/o a veil.
     
  4. G3farms

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    I would say the weather also plus it sounds like you were in their flight path.
     
  5. Buzzen

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    With my 2 hives I can watch them from 2 or 3 feet away from the sides, but I got the camera and was taking pics from the front (6 feet away), and i got "escorted" out of there pronto.
     
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    Stay out of the road ! Haha ! You're blocking traffic during a dearth ! Bees are funny that way....Talk about road rage with a stinger.
    I have one hive that has girls who will butt me if I stand in traffic. At least it beats getting stung over .
    LtlWilli
     
  7. tecumseh

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    I would guess milapostol that a robber screen might limit your problem (with or without a string trimmer and with or without a flow).
     
  8. Hobie

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    Bees fail to understand our good intentions. I have a spider living somewhere on my hive. Every day, it builds a web and catches bees. Every day, I knock it down. Most often, the bees get peeved that I am waving a stick around their home, even if it is removing web.

    Wish I could find that dang spider...
     
  9. Tia

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    Go with tecumseh's suggestion of a robbber screen. I put them on all of my hives and it's made a world of difference!
     
  10. riverrat

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    hey boss you got to get one of the yoyo's like cool hand luke used. That all cure what ails ya :thumbsup:
     
  11. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    I guess no use trying to make sense of things, bee-wise. Human sense and bee sense are very different, and thank whoever for that!

    Tecumseh, thanks for the suggestion. I'll use that one next time.