How To Stop A (Bee) Robbery In Progress
Some punk-ass bees from somewhere in the neighborhood have decided that it’s easier to steal honey from my bees than it is to go and make their own.
In an effort to help my bees defend their hive, I first reduced the width of the hive entrance with wood down to the width of one bee.
Then I wet down a bed sheet and threw it over the hive. Since my bees already know their way around inside the hive, and the marauders do not, it gives my bees a leg (or legs) up in the fight. My bees can figure out how to get in and out, but those bastard thieving bees are trapped under the sheet and easier to pick off by the home team. I’m hoping the pirate bees haven’t killed my queen, as this is my hive of super friendly bees that I use for educating school groups and filming.
Here’s what the bee action looks like after the application of a wet bed sheet. Much better. For once, being a wet blanket is actually a good thing.