I take a natural approach and put the hives on stands where I do not have to bend to work them either. I strap the hive together and to the stand. It works for racoons, four legged bears and two legged bears (teenagers) so far. Yes a four legged bear ate my hive in Florida. Two and four legged beasts make the biggest mess. All the critters mentioned have an increased risk of being stung and it has not been worth the reward for them so far.