Sunday, May 22, 2011
Home Scent: Bee's Nasonov Gland
You use your hive tool to loosen the inner cover and crack it up an inch. It's heavy. It might be covered two inches thick with bees.
They might be clumped under your hive top feeder, happily building comb.
They will exploit every space that's greater than the bee space--1 cm--and build comb.
One method to remove clumps of bees is to hold the object over the open hive and shake it abruptly. Also, thumping the edge of the of the object is very effective.
[Photo - bees are walking up from the inner cover and into their hive].
Shaking and thumping can get the bees in the air and it can also throw a lot of them to the ground. If they're young bees they may have a hard time finding their way home.