Went out to open the chicken coop this morning and there was a distinct aroma of honey in the air. . .turned around to see my hive #4 under siege. . .from everybody!!! Ants and yj's of course, but flies, too!! When I saw the flies, I thought it must be a deadout even though as late as yesterday morning I saw girls coming and going. Put my ear up against the box and can hear them humming in there. . .not a frenzied robbing buzz; rather a colony hum. They always have robber screens on, but this morning I taped up every breech in the hive. . .messed up corners, other open spaces. I even pulled the outer cover back to close up the inner cover entrance notch, stood back and watched the yj's and continued to tape up breeches until they couldn't get in anymore. Of course, the bees are looking for those same breeches, but they'll just have to go to the opening in the robber screen. I'm also concerned because nobody's guarding the entrance and there don't seem to be many "defenders". I'm afraid it's going to get more hectic once the hives are in the sun. I feel that opening the hive would be the worst thing I could do at this point. . .besides, I don't feel like suiting up in these temps (cooler weather is hopefully around the corner). I was thinking of turning on the hose and "raining" on the hive to chase off the interlopers. Any ideas?