Re: Bees jumping to hands during inspection.
I got such jumpy bees.
Originally Posted by ptuxbury
Initially smoke works.
If I am still not done after 15-20 minutes, the smoke seems to work less and less.
But the bees get annoyed more and more
Then I switch to a water sprayer and just spray them all down - works great.
Keep in mind, bees can not jump - they fly.
Wet them down pretty well - they will no longer "jump" - because they can not fly much when wet.
It is summer - wet them down and don't worry.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame experimentation.