I searched but couldn't really find any reference to this issue. We are in Wyoming. We have had smoke in town for probably 2 weeks now. It started with the fire (the High Park fire) in Fort Collins area. Then we added a fire in the Wheatland, Wyoming area called the Arapahoe fire. Now we have a fire about 30 miles from town called the Squirrel Creek fire. We have had heavy smoke and ash for several days from this very local fire.
At any rate, on my inspection today I trimmed some very tiny bits of comb from the tops of two bars. They were protruding into the next bar's bee space and making a mess. A small amount of honey (maybe two tablespoons) was lost during this. I placed it, and the associated bees, in a bowl by the hive so the bees would have a chance to fly back to the hive. Later this afternoon I went and gathered the bowl and figured I'd share a taste of that little bit of honey with my hubby.
He stuck his finger in the bowl and took a taste and said "it's smokey". I tried it and it's awful! Acrid and bitter and tastes horribly of smoke.
Here's my question. I am a new beek. I have done inspections every week since April 26th trying to learn about my bees and also keep things building smoothly in my foundationless TBH. I did use smoke VERY SPARINGLY on 3 inspections (little puff in the entrance and little puff across the top then wait and no more for the rest of the inspection) but haven't used it again since. It's been SEVERAL weeks since I've even LIT my smoker. I am confident all this smoke taste is coming from the smoke in the air from the fires. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Will it deter the bees from eating the honey when they need it?
What are your thoughts?
Is there anything I should do to help the bees. They seem to be working. Flying in and out about as normal...maybe a little less but it's also been hot, hot, hot here.