I keep my hive on the side of my house, next to the air conditioning unit. I built a wooden privacy fence with gate, to keep it out of view. However, I have not kept the gate locked.
So after not looking at the hive for some time, besides casually from time to time looking to see if there is any flight coming from the hive, yesterday I take a slightly closer look and there are large multi-colored "candies" on my bottom board within the hive!
After being strafed, I put on my hood and gloves and was able to remove what I believe were something like 20 mentos-like candies from inside my hive on the bottom board. When I ran them under the faucet, they had a citrus-y smell that made me believe they were candy (and not something like a pesticide). There was otherwise no odor.
Who in tarnation would do something like that????
I have put a lock on the gate, but anyone that was really determined, would be able to get past the fence (kid or adult).
I would think it would most likely be a kid. I hope he/she got stung. Several times.
And oh yeah, I got stung on the neck through my veil in the process of getting the mentos out of my hive. Thanks, Mr. Vandalizer.