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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2007, 10:39:20 PM »
>Ok I am having troubles finding the golden bee suit. I found one website

As mentioned, there is no website.
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2007, 12:38:09 PM »
Ok. Thanks

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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2007, 02:03:16 AM »
all I use is a pollinator jacket. when it get to hot  just use a T shirt and veil unless the gals are fired up  ;) ..

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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2008, 02:56:30 AM »
Well here it is almost a year later when I go back when the bees are flying around. Went back to the same house another beeks, to show him the information about not using excluders, he was not interested. Anyway within 4 minutes I start getting buzzed and calmly move around hoping to loose her or them. Not working! He suggest to go into the honey house to talk. We go in, have a seat, and talk. About 15 minutes later I see something come through the plastic hanging, used as a door, and watch the object go straight to my arm. She hit my arm so hard, fast, I thought she bounced, maybe she just wanted a use my arm as a trampoline. I think it was on her second bounce she got me. I after she let her stinger in me she continued to walk on my arm trying to sting. She flew off and came right back hitting me several time sin the forehead. Got away from her and she came back again. SHe must not like a guy in a uniform, dark blue. As I posted earlier in this post after getting stung, no swelling, no redness, no after pain this was not the case this time. My left forearm is huge, red, itches and just hurts.

I really think he has some very aggressive hives. Im trying to talk him into requeening them, 4 total mean ones. He did good over the winter. He has 22 hives and lost two which was one that he split into two.   

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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2008, 09:47:57 AM »
Had you eaten any bananas? Wearing any scented stuff?
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2008, 10:37:41 AM »
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Had you eaten any bananas? Wearing any scented stuff?

They don't like banana smells huh?  I'll have to remember that.  No beer and no bananas prior to working with  the buzzers.   :-P
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2008, 10:54:27 AM »
Bassman1977.  The scent of the sting gland emits the banana smell.  When the stinger is everted, the banana scent is released, the bees smell this and will target this scent and that is why when a bee stings, many will follow this action.  It is called the alarm pheromone and the bees are very sensitive to this powerful scent, hee, hee, so then watch out for eating bananas when working the bees.  My dogs know this scent well, each one has has a whollop or two from the bees and we all know how sensitive the sniffers of dogs are, hee, hee, smiling.  Have a wonderful and beautiful day, love our life we live.  Cindi
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« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2008, 01:22:49 PM »
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The scent of the sting gland emits the banana smell.

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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #28 on: March 13, 2008, 02:48:05 PM »
No scent. Today my arm is twie the size as normal and boy does it hurt. never had a selling before in my life from a sting. I went to the ER, just to talk while I was on duty, and received some information on eppie, not sure if that is how you spell it, pens. The doctor thought it would be a good idea if I kept a pen at home so she wrote me a script.

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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #29 on: March 13, 2008, 03:25:27 PM »
Sometimes I get stung and not much swelling at all and other times I swell like a balloon. You got the popeye arm right now :-D
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2008, 05:29:09 PM »

Could it possibly be a floral scented shampoo that drew the bee to his head area?

First thing that occurred to me too. 

When we first got our home hives, I was in the shower the next day and happened to look at my step daughter's shampoo - honey scented.  Conditioner - papaya and banana scented.   We gave them away that same day and bought new stuff for her.

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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2008, 01:11:25 AM »
Other possibilities: coke or pepsi-cola, coffee, didn't bathe, gasoline or turpentine, motor oil, and many more.  Bees don't like strong odors.  Some they find more offensive than others, besides bananas the ones I've listed seem to cause to most frequent problems.
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #32 on: March 14, 2008, 01:15:56 AM »
Bees really dislike human breath, carbon dioxide, just breath on them and you will see them get really annoyed and you will hear them,  :evil: :evil:  Have a wonderful and beautiful life.  Cindi
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2008, 02:52:30 AM »
   Coffee?  Bummer I usually will have a cup of coffee out in front of my hives if It's a nice morning, not too hot, they get curious somtimes and I've occassionally been head butted but not stung.  Now they did get on my nerves one day when I got on theirs.  That danged scented shampoo...  I usually use Scent-Lok or Johnsons Baby Shampoo.  I like the Scent-Lok the best but it is more expensive.
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2008, 01:37:08 PM »
Guess I better not set my coffee on top of the hive anymore. So far they never seemed to pay any attention to it but then again all it takes is them not to like it once.

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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2008, 02:31:07 PM »
I find bees will do what people say they won't do and they won't do things people say they will. At least sometimes.

I wear dark blue blue jeans and blue shirts, not as dark. Was just out at the hives. They didn't care, never do.

Yesterday we had winds from 25 to 32 mph most of the day with gust up to 43 mph. Bees don't fly on winds over 25 mph, but mine were out and about.
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Re: Not off to a good start
« Reply #36 on: March 15, 2008, 07:45:37 PM »
   Coffee?  Bummer I usually will have a cup of coffee out in front of my hives if It's a nice morning, not too hot, they get curious somtimes and I've occassionally been head butted but not stung.  Now they did get on my nerves one day when I got on theirs.  That danged scented shampoo...  I usually use Scent-Lok or Johnsons Baby Shampoo.  I like the Scent-Lok the best but it is more expensive.

I learned the coffee lesson the hard way one morning before work. Got one just below my right eye while having a nice cup on my deck.
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