Ugh, I sure got stung a lot today.
All the posts about how docile bees are while swarming led me to believe I didn't need any equipment until they'd settled in. Wrong. Ouch.
Well, I got them in the hive (wearing a raincoat, ski goggles, ski gloves, etc) and put the top bars back and the lid on. I put a bag feeder in there and some lemon grass oil. I'm fairly sure I got the queen in the box, but I'm not positive. It was really dark by the time I managed to get them in there.
In the end I was using sugar water as a defense against them while collecting them. I'd spray their wings to keep them down. They were just ticked! I ended up soaking a lot of them and when they'd fly near my face I'd spray it right at them there, too. My head was soaked and sticky by the end. It was pretty discouraging.
I got stung at least 11 times. They were there since Saturday and the homeowners had hit them once with a baseball bat, so they had good reason, but man, do I really want to do this after all?
I'd rather not get stung 11 times every day that's for sure.
I'm ordering equipment, but I don't know when it will arrive and I'm leaving on vacation in two days. Not sure how this is all going to go. Do I just leave them alone at this point, anyway, and let them settle in? I don't want to go back out there until I'm dressed in head to toe body armor...