Re: Wow- one of my hives has gotten red hot
1. If in an area that has Africanized bees, never open a hive without a veil. No matter how much you think that hive is calm and easily worked, just don't take the chance. Respect the bees and take no chances if a hive might be Africanized.
2. When a colony gives me the super hot treatment, I respond with a new queen. I don't care what the events were that led to the colony becoming hyper defensive.
3. I've had several hyper defensive colonies over the years. Some of them were long before Africanized bees made their way into the U.s. Just because they are aggressive does not mean they are Africanized. Do a little due diligence to figure out what is wrong then deal with it appropriately.
4. Do NOT attempt to work a hyper defensive colony near other people's homes. Load that colony up after dark and move it out into the country somewhere you can deal with it appropriately. There are safe ways to do this.
5. We have to consider neighbors, pets, and livestock when managing our bees. Do what is necessary to be a good neighbor!
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest