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Hello all,

I have been a beekeeper for about 6 years now, and this is something I've been meaning to ask for a while

When I'm doing inspections and reaching for the next frames, often times a half dozen or so bees in the hive will quickly jump to my hands.

They typically don't stay in my hands, but it's a little unnerving, and I usually smoke the hive to get them to settle down and stop doing it. I feel I may be "over smoking" the hive for something that is not a big deal.

Does this jumping behavior happen for the rest of you? What do you do about it? Should I just ignore it and stop smoking so much?

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Thanks.
 

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I have seen them do that to my hive tools when I start moving frames apart. It is usually when I have not smoked a hive/box and I think it is the guard bees. After I smoke a box they seem to settle down a bit.
 

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.......often times a half dozen or so bees in the hive will quickly jump to my hands.......Thanks.
I got such jumpy bees.
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.
 
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