I putting this out for someone who can hopefully give me some unorthodox tip otherwise ive got no choice but to put down my best production hive.
Mind you I have to think about safety of the neighborhood and kids who play daily on the street while making this decision.
Ive got an established hive thats years old. Dont know that it swarmed this year but its certainly a possibility while I was at work.
The honey boxes were stacked way high and the flow is still going (odd for this time of year). I decided to clean out a few of the hives. First two went without a hitch. Bees were nice as pie and really didnt care I was in the hive. The one in the middle (established hive) as soon as I popped the top I got rushed by well over a thousand bees. They completely covered my veil at one point and stung me through my suit. I think they have african qualities however beeks much more knowledgeable than I say its impossible to have this far north.
I got one box cleaned out but I said screw it for the rest. They were just too agitated. I have had aggressive bees prior but when I walked 10 feet away they would subside these guys followed me a good 100 feet attacking. I ended up misting with water just to get into the house. Once inside they meandered around the grass by the door until someone went outside when they would attack. At about 4pm they left and my front door was tolerable again.
Today more than 24 hours later my wife said 10 or so bees rushed her at the front door pinging off her. My dog got stung 3 times (possibly he caused that one).
When I got home I sprayed the walkway stairs and grass around the walkway with a soap and water solution with spearmint mixed in. Yes, I got rushed by two bees. I was able to get one with the solution but the other got away.
I just cant have this level of aggressive bees at my location. The way I see it, I only have one option unless miraculously the bees that are guarding my front door die tonight is to put the hive down. I hate to do it but I just cant have kids being stung while I await a re queening. Plus to be honest the thought of rummaging through this hive is not something that I care to even think about.
I have two options to kill, either I seal the hive and let them die in place, im sure they will go through the 80 or so lbs of honey in the supers before they die or I dump soapy water into the hive.
Does ANYONE have some other way? other ideas?