Gum it up or don't gum it up. I just want them to get nicer. Been a little over a month since I requeened. Soon.
Are you wearing leather gloves when you are working in the hives? Are you using a brush to remove bees? Both of these things make for some very angry bees. If you have to wear gloves, use the blue rubber gloves.
My daughter helped me remove honey and do splits this week. I don't wear any protection but I advised she use at least a vale because I have 1 hive that I usually get at least 1 bee that will come out and get me when I get near it. She declined. She even said she wanted to get stung to see how bad it really was. She has worked with me at least 3 times and never been stung.
When I first started beekeeping I used full protection and my bees were very aggressive. I usually got stung after I was done and took the suit off. I try not to hurt any bees and it helps to keep them calm.
This is not for everyone but it works for me. Also, here in FL the heat and humidity makes the suits unbearable.