I have received two stings so far since April. Both times happened because I was not being patient. Your simply doing what your supposed to be doing I would imagine, gentle and respectful to their space...
You should inspect your hives more than once every two months!:lol: Just kidding.
I went about 5 weeks before I got stung the first time. I thought I just had the best bees in the world, so I kept doing stupid things like taking the inner and outer tops off and looking down into the hive without smoke or veil. Then one day my world came crashing down as a rocket bee shot out and stung me on the tip of my nose.:shock: My bees didn't love me anymore.:roll: The next day, I got stung again when an curious little bee crawled into my glove causing me to drop a frame full of bees. Obviously, I'm a bit more careful now.
Honestly, I'd almost rather get it done and over with. Trouble is I'm too much of a self preservationist to go out of my way to get stuck on purpose.
I figured putting this out there would tip the scales of fate against me some.
I know this much PapaK,it's gonna happen when you least expect it,my first sting came when changing out a feed bottle shortly after getting my first colony last year,she got me on the tip of my remote control finger.:shock:
lol anticipation---just wait till you get that warm fuzzy feeling, crawling up your pant leg, and the sense of panic with the realization, she is coming entirely too close to places you'd prefer she not visit.
Alright, now I'm just tempting fate.
The weeds had gotten up pretty high, so I pulled the walk behind brush cutter out of the garage and went to work. Shorts and t shirt. Throwing twigs, scraps of grass, etc all over the place. Some even bounced off the front of the hive and onto the entrance ledge.
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, you might think so at this moment. :wink:
Somehow, I think you have toyed with fate just a little too much and you know what they say about paybacks!.......................................
They hurt! :shock: :lol:
Let me be the first to say (in advance) I told you so! :rolling:
I have arthritis both legs, and owned a hoveround for a few years. When I got stung through my jeans in the leg and the pain was gone I started tending hives with a ultra-breeze jacket and shorts. I cancelled the hip replacement and I have begun converting the hoveround to to pull a lawnmower like a rumba vacuum cleaner
Well I have to say my cutout hive has some sweet bees in it. Only got stung once during the cutout. Took my gloves off at the end, picked up a box, and there was one in the handle. I don't think they've got me since. Not terribly efficient honey production there, I wanted to have a deep look last week to see what was going on, but they are sweet.
My VSH are a bit more defensive. Not a lot, just a bit. But for the most part they are good natured lady-bees.
That hot bunch got me twice through my suit on Saturday. Fortunately on my right arm. Not sure if it has arthritis or bursitis, but I am sure it actually feels better. They got me several times before I booted them out of the garden in June.
and then there were last year's bees pursuing me off the lot, tag on the hand, 2 days later tag on back of the head, 2 days later tag on the ear. I wasn't even working them, just trying to pull pond plants.
Eventually, if you have bees around long enough, they will have a "cranky" day. And your arthritis will feel better!
It took me a couple of months to get stung too. Then I got hit three times in two inspections. Every time has been from me squishing a bee between a frame and my finger. Yesterday I got one inside my mouth when I ate a chunk of burr comb with a bee in it. But I have yet to get stung when I did not 100% deserve it. I take my kids to look at the bees almost every day, the bees don't ever pay us any attention. They are too busy. Once the flow stops I'll have to be more careful.