I had bees last year that died over the winter because I put up a wind surround (I live in the mouth of a canyon) that kept them in the shade too much. I loved them to death. I worked them allll the time with no protection. If I was really going to be pulling a lot of frames or doing major things I would wear a hood. No problems at all. It was wonderful.
This year I got two packages because I LOVE having bees. I am not afraid, the honey is wonderful and they make me feel good.
We installed our first (four pound) package with no problems mid-April. We installed our second package with no problems. I was not in protective gear because that was how I did it last year and things were fine.
After the packages were installed and we were standing apart from the hive about 10 feet away. There were quite a few girls flying around after installing both packages but things were fairly mellow. Then BANG! there was a bee IN MY NOSE. I had a few bees landing here and there through the process but I wasn't ever bothered by them but then I got stung in my nose. It was maddening.
The next time was about 10 days later. We were checking on the hives and again, I didn't wear gear because they didn't really have much to protect and even though it was a 10 frame, medium box, they hadn't had much time to get protective.
I checked the first hive to make sure the queen was released and things were good (it had been wicked cold) closed it up no problem. Pulled the second hive and checked it and it was fine. Closed it up and they started getting a little hot. I put the hive back together and started walking away and BOOM, back in the nose. No problems with any looky loo's around my face, just a straight shot to the nose. Bizarre.
Today I was working my friend's hives. He is out of the country and I am checking on his hives. He has about nine hives so I wore my hood and my husband was with me wearing a jacket with full hood. The first four hives were okay. We smoked them, confirmed larvae on two of the new hives, added a box and frames to the other new hive.
The problem started on the fourth hive we opened. It was already five boxes and he was worried it was going to swarm while he was out of town so he wanted a box added. We opened the hive and the bees were not overly thick in the boxes but they were just NOT friendly bees. We had the additional box ready to add but before we could get it on there a bee got inside my hood and WENT STRAIGHT FOR MY NOSE. My husband was wearing the zip jacket/hood combo and he was being bombarded but he was safe. I pulled my hood off, snorted out the bee (I am becoming an expert) and we left the hive to cool down while we cooled down too. I was followed by several girls, one got me on my hand and we waited 10 minutes for the hive to settle. We suited back up, put the hive back together with the new box and left.
I have never had a problem before but now there are bees that LOVE MY NOSE.
I don't eat bananas before we work the hives. I brush my teeth, I am showered and clean but not with perfumed body washes (I have sensitive skin)
I have not had this problem the whole last year and I almost never wore gear. Shorts and tshirts were fine.
Now, THEY LOVE MY NOSE.
Why? Should I suck on lemon drops while I work my bees?
I am kind of getting freaked out, which is also not good.
Anyone have a nose thang going on?