I ran in to an old beekeeper today who was doing something I'd never seen or heard of before.
He had grounded his queen excluders with a wire and a nail in the ground. His contention was that the bees build up static electricity while beating their wings and the excluder becomes charged, especially in hot dry conditions. His contention was that the girls get 'zapped' while moving through the excluder and thus will avoid it and the putting up of honey above it. He claimed much improved honey production.
Was this old fella pulling the leg of a third year beek or is there something to what he's doing??
Anyone hear of this before?