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My Bees and bees in general
I like to think that all my bees are user friendly, however they still need to be treated with respect; after all they have every right to be here as you have. Truth is in fact we need them more than they need us
Pollination of most but not all of our crops is done by insects. Therefore the beekeeper is only assisting honeybees to survive, they are NOT pets.
Having said that I will not tolerate aggressive angry bees and I will re-queen a hive that turns bad for some reason.
The most common reason is bad bee keeping habits, you have got to be gentle, and if you are then they seem to respect you more.
Honeybees will defend the hive from all intruders and vibrations such as knocking into the hive, I can mow my lawn with a roller mower just a few feet away, but they don’t like me using a strimmer.
There are ways of course to protect yourself from what the bees do naturally STING, and once one has been stung you others will quickly follow because the bee that has stung you has left a pheromone in the site of the sting, she will then fly off or drop to the ground and die.
A sting needs to be removed as quickly as possible, this is done by scraping the sting off the surface of the skin, all very well if you can see the sting if not then you need a friend to locate it and remove.
Do not remove by getting hold of the sting (venom sac) because if you do this, you push more venom via the sting into your body.
A sting will hurt, even after several hundreds of stings they still make me jump and swear! But as long as you are in good health and do not suffer from any form of heart disease or lung function problems you should be ok.
Our group of beekeepers in Kent have a paramedic beekeeper, whose wife started up the hobby now he is as much involved as his wife. He told us that Ambulance crews can deal with beestings onboard, most time without attending hospital. So if you do get stung during your life, and you will if you take up the hobby of beekeeping, if it is near your mouth, lips, nose, or eyes I would recommend a 999 call. Don’t wait. They will not mind the callout!
Better to be safe than sorry.