I inspected my hives today to check how much honey and pollen they have on board -- it's clear I need to feed them ahead of the winter. My hives are all very gentle except for one really aggressive one. It has caused me problems all year. I wanted to requeen it but I can't be in the hive long enough to find the queen, even when I'm wearing a full suit and gloves.
Today when I opened that hive the bees were all over me. At one point they were so thick on my veil I could hardly see through it. A few managed to get inside the veil and stung me on my neck, head and face. I had to walk away a couple of times and the bees followed me for a hundred feet. I finally closed up the hive and left them alone, without adding any feed. For hours after that they were aggitated and aggressive. I had people working on my property today and the bees were after them and stinging them though they were 200 - 300 feet from the hive. Any time I got within about 50 to 75 feet of the hive bees flew out to sting. This went on all afternoon. I have never had this happen before. I don't know what the genetics for these bees are -- they come from a nuc. The other nuc I got at the same time from the same yard is very gentle.
I think the only solution here is to kill the bees in this hive. I am trying to decide what to do. I went out a few minutes ago and the hives were quiet. I was hoping it would have gotten cooler tonight but it was still nearly 70 at 10:00. There were a few bees on the landing board but I managed to duct tape the hive closed.
I need to decide how to exterminate these bees. I don't want to use a pesticide as I don't want to foul the comb. It is newly drawn this year and I'd like to put bees on it. I thought about wrapping the hive in black plastic and letting the heat do them in. A friend recommended that I spray a fire extinguisher through the screened bottom board but the hive consists of two deeps and one super so I don't think I can get at them all (and I'm not sure what the extinguisher would do to the foundation.) I could also get some ether and spray inside with it.
Does anybody have a suggestion?