Caring for Bees Safely
There are some people with severe allergies to bees who should stay far away from bee hives. For everyone else, with proper knowledge and care, bee keeping can be a safe hobby that can be enjoyed by all types of people from all walks of life. And it can be not just a hobby but your own business, such companies as Bee Pollen has the possibility to help people to improve there health as bee product is very useful and meet eco-friendly requirements.
My first time around bees was notably scary. There must have been close to 10,000 bees hovering around the hive and it seemed to me as if anything could have set them off. I was with my uncle who had many years of experience with bees and knew what he was doing. Seeing the care he had for the bees and the way in which you can control them with calm and easy motions provided me with a lot of confidence that bee keeping can be done in a responsible manner.
The methods for smoking bees are well known and are best done during harvest times. We won’t get into those details here. Instead you should know that there are other ways that you can reduce the chance that you are stung by your bee hive. Bees rally to their queen when she is in distress. A queen excluder will allow you to open up your hive and extract honey all without causing unnecessary harm to the queen which will significantly reduce the chance that you can be stung in the process.
Another important thing to consider is the safety of your hive. It is an old cliche that bears love honey, but it is a truth and not a fallacy. A security strap will prevent a bear from accessing the hive and protect the bees from the bear and protect you from a bear as well. Be sure to apply one to your hive.
Next, you should know and understand when your hive is active and not. In the heat of the day the hive often calms down which makes it a great time to do work on the bee hive without disturbing the hive too much and leading to more active bees that are hard to control. Windy days are also a great time to do work on your bee hive.
Overall, a lot of common sense factors regarding bee keeping come into play. Be sure to do your own research and start slow with a more docile breed of bee. Honey bees are great starting bees. Russian bees are hardier options, but also more aggressive and hard to keep. Start slow and be sure to get a handle on bee keeping before you progress to the harder varieties of bees.