Iím a newbie beekeeper. Iím having a serious problem with aggressive bees. I have onetop bar hive that I started in April of this year. The first few weeks were fine and the bees were very relaxed. Two weeks ago, I went out to feed them as usual and check to see if there was any new wax on some bars. I was dressed as usual with my veil, long gloves, jeans and denim shirt and my jeans were tucked into my socks. When I removed a bar to check, I was immediately swarmed and they they stung me multiple times through my socks (below my jeans line and above my shoes.....a lot of swelling, haha) as well as my sleeves. They swarmed me and followed me back to the house. 5 days later it appeared they had settled down and I went back to feed them...this time with boots and a thick jacket. The swarmed me again, this time finding their way under my veil where I received over a dozen stings to my face and head. I waited a few more days and went back to feed them, this time with my veil duct taped down so no stings, but they literally covered my arms and legs as I changed out their food and I had to spray myself with a water hose to get them off.
The weather is humid here in north-central Alabama and it has rained off and on the past three weeks. I honestly cannot think of any change I have made that would make them suddenly so hostil. Im open to any ideas/suggestion. Thanks in advance.