Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier
When your done for the day or if you have been in a diseased hive after your done place the end of you hive tool down into your smoker and squeeze the bellows a few times to clean it up and help stop the transfer of diseases.
When approaching a swarm of unkown origin, place your hand near the cluster before disturbing them. This will give you some indication of their temperament at the moment, some swarms can be quite defensive if they have been clustered in the open for any length of time.
"Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown