I was cutting down the wildflower meadow behind my beehives yesterday. I was using hand shears (rather than the hedge trimmer I used last year) because I thought it was less likely to upset the bees.
Nevertheless, one bee took a dislike to what I was doing and stung me on the lobe of my right ear. I pulled the sting out with tweezers, put my bee suit on and carried out.
Soon afterwards I could feel my lips swelling. I suddenly felt very tired and was sweating profusely. I had trouble getting back indoors and was having trouble breathing.
I rang 999. The ambulance arrived soon after. They did tests, an adrenalin injection and took me to hospital where I had more tests. They gave me anti histamine and steroids and kept me in under observation for six hours.
Very reluctantly I have come to the conclusion that the bees will have to go, but I don’t know how to go about this. I have two hives, both are Warre style and quite tall. I’ve only been keeping bees for a couple of years. I haven’t used any treatments, neither have I taken any honey or given any feed. They are still busy bringing in pollen.
Can anyone advise what time of year it would be best to move them, how to move them and where to move them to?
Any advice greatly appreciated.
Chandlers Ford, Hampshire