Two questions: I am allergic to bee/wasp stings. I find the stings very painful. I have wondered if the allergy makes them hurt worse for those of that are allergic. I have varying degrees of reaction based on where I get stung, ranging from anaphalactic shock to severe swelling. I used to be allergic to yellow flys and swelled profusely as well as being painful. I am just this year no longer allergic to them and now the bites dont hurt or itch. Took fifty years to out grow yellow flys so maybe I will out grow bees one day.
Today I went into my hives to make some splits. I didnt smoke them as I wasnt going to be in them long. Bad move. I have five hives. Four are very gentle and I never smoke them. One is mean with usually fifty to a hundred bees head butting me soon after lifting the top cover even with smoke. Today when I pulled the lid a very large number starting immediately stinging me everywhere. By the time I pulled the two supers off I was in a cloud of angry bees. I had bees stinging from my tennis shoes to the top of my veil. I had hundreds if not thousands stinging me. Due to my allergy I was in a full jacket and a thick pair of jeans and had put bands around my ankles. I only got one full sting but suffered a half dozen of what I call secondary stings when a shift in clothing causes a stinger to touch the skin. I just barely got the frame out and put the hive back together before having to abandon the bee yard. I walked a couple of hundred yards all the while brushing bees off with the bee brush and walking through shrubbery and tree to try and dislodge the attackers. It took about ten minutes of doing this until I could get inside and get benedryl and then I still had eight or ten on me that I just killed. Then when I sat down to take off my pants full of stingers I got a dozen more stings in the back of my legs and rear end. Needless to say that didnt go well. I have made up my mind to requeen them asap. But if they react that bad when I hunt the old queen I will have to just poison the whole hive. Only had a little tightness of the throat and breathing problems before the benedryl kicked in and I do have epipens just in case. How would be the best way to destroy them if I cant find or stand to find the queen? Is this indicative of the possibility of AHB? This hive has become progressively hostile as they grow but are great producers. I just dont need to deal with a hive that mean.