If Honey Bees Attack, Why do they do that? What should you do? Beekeeping Lesson

If Honey Bees Attack, Why do they do that? What should you do? Beekeeping Lesson

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okay so first we just want to know you called me up and asked me to come over because your bees are behaving differently yes very aggressive and you have farm animals like the chicken that you’re holding we have chickens and pigs which looks like a barred Plymouth Rock oh yes okay and she’s been stung by the bees she’s been stung I don’t know how many times she was stung I had another one that was completely covered by them and you said you couldn’t even see what color the chicken was you can see the chicken hardly you could see her feet and that was about it okay and they are honeybees they were definitely honey do you know for sure if they’re bees from your own apiary we don’t know we assume they were okay but because we didn’t see any rogue swarms or anything right so we assumed they were okay now what other livestock do you have that you’re worried about right now we have also have pigs we have a mama baby three babies and a dad and the bees were just I mean you can see that literally looks like dots all over them from where the bees just were stinging them like crazy and some of your chickens are have died yeah these things some I have two that have died that I know of and there were a couple that were still out back that I couldn’t get to because the bees were still being a very aggressive okay so this one I could get to she was laying there with her head drooped down and I got her in the house made sure the bees were all off of her gave her some benadryl benadryl okay so did she show some swelling and some she able to walk on her own and walk just now starting to sit up okay she had a very droopy head she was laying off to her now was she outside when the bees went after her yes now your husband said that the hogs that you have the bees actually went in the hog shed yeah they were in the chicken we have the the chicken coop it’s like a dual-purpose building and they were in there they were covering the windows on the inside so bad you could hardly see out of them the bees were inside covering the windows because they’re trying to get out following the light yes okay and you yourself got afraid and you had to go inside the house right so even when your husband was outside they were did he get bees all over him about 50 times 50 times okay and he has not been to the beehives themselves to see which one might be hot no we haven’t been able to this is the first time we’ve actually been able to even get outside okay so now you want me to look at them so we’re kind of prepared to look at the bees and are you okay with if the bees you turn out to be extremely unreasonable let’s say are you okay with me exterminating your piece okay so we’re prepared we don’t use chemicals or anything on them what we’ll do is we’re doing all this video ahead of time because once we’re getting near the end of the day the sun’s starting to set and we expect the field bees the foragers to be heading back so we want them to have as much of the colony inside okay there was one just led by so that didn’t act like a guard that was just zipping by but if we pick up a guard we’re gonna seat up right away you’re obviously already covered I’m wearing a maximum protection BC and and so I’m ready to put a bag over them and I’ve brought honey bee healthy with me instead of smoke okay because it’s gonna do two things it’s gonna overdoes them with a scent which will prevent them from communicating their threat pheromone so my plan is once we approach the hives if they do start to respond in a hot way and we’ll know right away because it will get a disproportionate number of darts will come out and they won’t back off even if you walk away Africanized bees or bees that are really hot like that will follow you 100 yards or more they followed Scott down the road okay so you actually walk down the road kept going okay and that’s the other thing people need to know if you guppies Oliver you don’t run inside your house no just stand perfectly still and wait and it can take a half-hour or longer for them to calm down yeah he walk away because he was trying to get away because he had gotten stung so many times okay he was starting to panic a little bit he was worried he was gonna have an allergic reaction is he allergic to bees normally yes he took benadryl and passive right now he’s doing well he smokes out locally but he should not take a risk at all in other words if they come out and act angsty we are going to make sure he and and you guys will go inside for safety and I’ll just deal with it myself now the bees actually came into this building and then they were all clustered on the windows okay because they follow light so the bees would be trying to get out I see you’ve got some polish some maybe are those red comets and white leghorns and up here you’ve got your birth rock and we’re white leghorns and Americana over here which is people don’t know is the Easter egg chicken what color eggs is she laying like cream and most people want that baby blue and they’re not normally in this area right now did the chickens running on their own when the bees were after them like how did the chickens respond on we’ve got some eggs alright so now what kind of hogs do you have here these are American guineas American guineas and these are the young ones and the mother’s in the background there now who receives the most stings from the bees I think the mother okay now it’s his behavior right now normal for him or no so he would be up walking around so we have no idea how many stings he’s gotten and so did you do any preventive medication okay now that’s the problem – we have farm animals so we’ve got the Hogs here and most vets aren’t used to calls about hey my hog was stung about 100 bees so you don’t it’s not a medication you would have handy oh so you’ve just got them so even the young so these were okay where did you go okay so now do they raise this breed specific okay so now the young ones here are they normally laying around like this – or would they be up and active inactive when you’re here okay so it’s close to them so they’ve also we don’t know how many times I’ve been stung now can you do you know specifically where the stingers are actually they were in the ears but I see they have a lot of mud on their ears all right they were in the mud we tried to wash them off when the bees were attacking him without the hose well that was a good move washing them down with water okay and the other thing is it doesn’t help that your hogs are black no the bees if they’re hostile are ready or defensive they would certainly be threatened by black furry animals okay so now I’m gonna go and look at your beehive now that we have background on everything I’m gonna go and look at your colonies and see if I can solicit a defensive response from one of them and then we’ll know more about what the bees are doing and we’ll decide what to do about them from there does that sound good yeah okay okay so in the background offensive okay and you pass them how many years about two there been no changes in the bee population you have not reeked weaned no and here’s one be a zip and by which student back to ready so what I’m gonna do is we don’t know which one but we can see the freshly mowed path here so we know he mowed right in front of all right so as a tractor I’m guessing no return zero turn okay so a powered mower when it goes by vibrates the ground and the bees will respond to that vibration now which of the colonies would you consider to be your strongest and you’ve got a flow hive on the very end of that fill up this year okay we’re not talking about the FlowHive anymore I’m gonna edit that part out okay all right so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take the video camera with me and I’m gonna walk and stand directly in front of each colony we have not smoked them I have Honey B Healthy with me as my interrupter if I need it and if there’s a defensive response we’re gonna get it now that’s so and just for people that are looking at this that are on YouTube or whatever learning about these the wrong place to be at any bee hive is directly in front of the landing board so that’s where you’re in their way that’s where they’re doing their business if you want to visit bees and not antagonize them you stand to the side or to the back where you keep your distance I’m not gonna keep my distance because I haven’t gonna solicit a response cause we’re trying to find out who the culprits are that are attacking what we want sound good yeah okay okay so this is that’s normal landing board activity there tell me to go and listen to their wing sounds too – that’s a nice pink whose idea was that and you bought all these boxes for mann-lake is that right yeah okay okay now where did you come by that one and this is a very old box and what I want you to see on this one is that bees can chew the wood they can make their own exits these bees are kind of doing their own venting here and nobody cares and I’m standing here here’s a really populated one it’s painted red red is an angry color mm-hmm let’s get right down here and see if they care these bees don’t care now Africanized bees wouldn’t really let me get this close pretty normal landing board here down here we got an immediate response and these bees are behaving in a highly defensive manner response Guards are flying out and expanding the attack zone They are stinging the microphone and camera The other colonies are behaving normally and are non-defensive These are all normal and are not reacting to the orange hive behavior now they’re actually trying to dig into the windbuffer and openings They are so tenacious and are pressing into small openings The bees are all over the camera and the microphone The behavior is unprovoked we did not touch the hive and are being stung on the suit and gloves You can see more guards coming out from the hive and going after the camera, me and extending their defensive circle This colony in the orange hive is definitely the source of the earlier attacks. so now we’re gonna spray some honey-B-Healthy in there and see what happens see if we can distract them with sweets and pheromone Honey-B-Healthy will masque they’re defensive scent okay so I want you to look at this is the camera I’m using when I’m looking at the colonies up close it backed off a little bit but the bees are burying themselves in the microphone and they’re coming after the camera itself and they’re coming after me but we’re you know less than a hundred feet from the colonies and it’s a hot hive for sure probably have is there live stocks been injured their chickens are being killed and their bees have attacked their hogs so it’s no longer safe for those bees to be around and we have to change the stock we’re actually going to kill the entire colony entire colony and I’ll explain why later okay so now that we’re safe and sound back in our own neck of the woods here and back at my own backyard apiary I wanted to recap a little bit about what just happened or one of the caution people about being over sensational about African bees Africanized bees and just generally bee colonies that have become hot and unmanageable what happened at that farm is actually extremely rare in fact I don’t know of a single farmer or beekeeper in my part of the country that’s ever had to deal with honey bees that were so defensive that they started killing off livestock that’s a very a significant event but it’s a cautionary tale as well we don’t want people to overreact and begin rejecting honeybees from backyards all over the place because of the concern regarding how they could behave it’s highly unusual for bees to kill livestock but if you had bees in your apiary that get to the point where they’re so defensive that they’re coming after you and your pets and your livestock you have to personally be prepared to deal with those bees which may involve even killing them off now as it occurred here because they had livestock that were dead because if they had not had bee suits on it’s likely that they would have been at the very least a medical emergency it is very important to talk about the fact that you have to kill off bees like that and I don’t just mean hunt out the Queen and take her out of the scene I mean take the genetics out completely so you have to kill off the entire colony now how did I instruct them to do that I was going to stay and do it with them after nighttime so that when all the bees had come in they’d have maximum numbers in that colony I left them with 55-gallon black plastic trash bags and packaging tape the cellophane type that is airtight and they were confident that after it got dark they would wrap up that colony and seal it off so that the bees inside would fairly quickly suffocate they didn’t want to use any kind of poisons and I agree with that don’t use any kind of insecticide in a beehive and they wanted to get the honey and resources out of that colony and of course once the bees are gone they could recycle those resources to the other bees and their apiary so what happened there what’s going on those beets had been under their care for a couple of years in fact the colony that had the problem was calm up until now it had made it through winter which was a big deal because we had a significant winter last year so what’s going on well somewhere someone’s got genetics that are hot and those genetics branched out and affected that colony of bees I want to talk a little bit about Africanized bees now an Africanized bee is different from the African Killer Bee itself the African Killer Bee is a genetic line it is a species of bee the Africanized bees are those that have had genetics mixed with other genes of bees that were normally calm that have become overly defensive because of that interbreeding so that is why it’s very important to get those bees out of the genetic line in your area so there we’re gonna wrap them up kill the bees completely what if they kept just killed the Queen and left the drones in there well now the drones can carry those genetics to other bees in the area so that’s a no the other thing is what if they just kept the brood and strengthened some other colonies with that well the Brit that hatches out it has such genetics and would also be hot so when they graduated from being nurse bees and store keeper bees in the colony they ultimately would become the guards of that colony and you’d have a similar situation so you want to kill them all that’s just the way it is now the other thing is sometimes people will hear about colonies like this and use it as an argument to keep people from keeping backyard bees in urban areas or areas where there will be a lot of people I’d say the argument is actually for more people keeping manageable calm lines of bees because there are areas where bees are and if the Africanized bees are moving in they need to meet with resistance there need to already be colonies of bees of the type that you want present in the area and that creates a slower buffer zone for the progress of those Africanized bees Africanized bees are very different from other bees and one of the behaviors that they have is that a normal B colony when they’re going to reproduce they’ll generate a swarm and that means the old Queen will fly out and she’ll have a good number of the colony of bees with her and then the remaining bees in that colony will generate a new queen and then she’ll hatch and continue on in place some of the Africanized bees don’t do that when they send out their scouts to find other colonies to look into they may actually vacate the hive that they’re in completely so it’s not being superseded it’s not reclaiming they just move out in masse and they will do a hostile takeover of another bee colony that’s not as strong and then they just killed the Queen they move in and they assume all those resources including the bees that are already there they just take them over through strength and aggression so it’s a type of honeybee coup so the thing is you want to control the genetics as much as you can try not to work with hot hives somewhere around that farm there has to be some hot bee line now here’s the problem with beekeepers that don’t register some beekeepers are not friendly they don’t talk to other beekeepers they don’t want anybody to know about the bees are working with they don’t know what anyone to come and inspect their stuff so they don’t register and there are prone to sometimes work with bees that other people wouldn’t touch because some of these hotter hives some of these more defensive hives also may be super productive so you may be getting a lot of honey from them and for some people managing a colony of hot defense of bees doesn’t seem to bother them they just suit up and they’re well protected and they feel like they’re geographically isolated enough that that’s not a big deal well I’m here to tell you that it is a big deal because we want to exploit the good traits of the honeybees and part of that should be the honeybee behavior and how docile they are and how easily people will be able to manage them especially when it comes to a situation like this where the bees were coming out and actually killing I’ve stock these people were in bee suits and the husband had to actually go all the way down the road Africanized bees are so defensive they’ll chase you more than a thousand feet 1,500 feet 1,600 feet before they back off now my personal experience with their bees was that they are very hot hive I wouldn’t call him a five-alarm Africanized bee colony but let’s keep in mind they did attack the livestock they did kill their chickens and had these people not been in bee suits they could have been at the very least a medical emergency so it’s not to be taken lightly and you need to have an action plan hopefully so that if you ever encounter bees that are going to behave like this you need to be prepared to isolate those bees and take those genetics out it isn’t a time to try to salvage you know the resources that you can other than the honey and the comb and things like that take that by all means but when it comes to the livestock itself you need to take them out you need to kill them it doesn’t mean you hate bees that means you’re trying to protect the lines of bees that are favorable and they’re not threatening to people and livestock and you’re trying to deter those bees that are so defensive that it would actually kill something now to give you a quick recap about the family that had these bees those hot bees and that hive did last for several days wrapped up in that black plastic she wrote me several times saying that they thought that they were dead they couldn’t hear anything they figured you know they must be suffocated because it’s all sealed up and then they got to open it and there they boil out again and they were back in the situation so again I kept offering I will come and I’ll use co2 and knock them out and then we’ll really seal them up but they still feel confident that they’re gonna handle it on their own I do want to give you a recap too about the hogs that they had they’re back on their feet they’re doing okay other than the chickens that were killed the one that she was holding in her arm it’s you know they’re back to normal the chickens are back to normal their farm is good and other than that hive itself the other colonies are just fine so again thanks for watching this video please don’t over sensationalized offensive honey bees but I do also want you to be prepared to cope with these that may not behave in a way that’s safe for people and animals thanks for watching and look for links below for the suits that we wore that’s pretty much it you saw the cameras that I’m using I don’t see any need to market those but I’m sorry that you couldn’t hear a lot of my narrative when I was dealing with the bees they attacked the microphones they attacked the windscreens and they weren’t just trying to sting them they were trying to work into the scenes so they were really really intensely trying to get into every little opening so if you had had cuffed pants or if you didn’t have good seals around your whole bee suit those bees were definitely going to get in through all the seams because they intensified at all the contrast areas trying to work their way in so by no means were those normal behaving honeybees thanks for watching stay alert and I appreciate any comments that you have down below and I would be happy to discuss your observations thanks again

100 thoughts on “If Honey Bees Attack, Why do they do that? What should you do? Beekeeping Lesson

  • Julie Enslow Post author

    Not wanting to over react, just want more information. Is there reason to be concerned about the drones from the hot hive having mated with Queens now leading other hives? Is there any clue what made this hive go hot? Have you ever heard of this happening before?

    Thank you for an awesome video. I like the fact that at no time was there any stress in your voice or in your presentation. You just asked the questions, checked the hives, then told us what you had done. It would be too easy to have a knee jerk reaction without any thought – and experience shows that in a case like this – it is likely that would be a bad reaction. (bad as in potentially wrong).

  • Taco Rios Post author

    Great video.

  • Mike O Post author

    Curious as to why you didn't douse them with soapy water first and then bag them up.

  • Mike O Post author

    Man if I would have seen that chicken covered with bees where I could only see her feet, I would have just freaked out. That sounds like a horror movie. That lady had a cool head to grab that chicken and get the bees off her. She's braver and cooler than me.

  • Deborah Christmas Post author

    Thank you for putting out this very informative video. It's important for people to be aware of these things in order to know how to deal with issues that come when bees become aggressive. And it's also important to appreciate the responsibility we as beekeepers have in maintaining good genetics in our individual colonies.
    I had a similar situation occur with my first beehive several years ago. My bees, likely due to excessive harassment from skunks, became temporarily aggressive and stung to death two of my my hens that had been penned in too close to the beehive (my mistake). Fortunately, the bees calmed down completely once the hens were gone and were never again a problem. However, if they had not simmered down, we would have had to make the not-so-difficult decision to exterminate them. We live in very close quarters to our neighbors.
    Thankfully, I never gave up beekeeping on account of that terrible isolated incident. And that colony supplied me with lots of delicious honey for at least two more years until they succumbed to CCD.

  • Eugene Mayevskiy Post author

    1. Remove the queen
    2. lock the drones and brood with queen excluders.
    3. wait a couple days and Set a box with comb brood and new queen from other hive on the bottom.
    4. the drones will die and the bees will deposit honey in the old box on top.

  • Bret Post author

    Interesting. Thank you for the knowledge. I like honey and what honeybees do for everyone

  • Jeremy Provence Post author

    How were the African bees bred? Would this happened naturaly? Higher yield is not worth the risk. Overly aggressive bees give bees a bad name. I was attacked by overly aggressive bees when I wasn't even close to a hive and minding my own business. They killed chickens and stung everything in sight. In central Arizona, in the early 1990s. I believe the owner destroyed the colony. I think the attack sensitized my immune system. I am just getting over my fear of bees. And I want to start keeping bees. How do I know that I'm not putting my children at risk? Great video .
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  • flitslig Pallanca Post author

    Thank you for a great video. We live in South Africa, Western Cape and we have 2 types of bees on the farm, the Cape honey bee and the African honey bee and for us this kind of behaviour from our bee hives are normal and we can not work our bees without protective clothing, I am envious when I see the good calm nature of your bees. Thank for your videos we learn a lot from them.

  • Leowolf * Post author

    Very well discussed and very informative. Personally I've had to put down 2 of my colonies do to them being super hot. Let me tell you it wasn't easy as I hate killing them. Now I have warm hives but they are fine once smoked heavy. Next year I plan on bringing in super chill bees and allowing them to breed with them and try to breed out that warmth.

  • eieio59901 Post author

    I went out to check my hives this afternoon …got there just in time to watch two bees tumbling with ONE yellow jacket ….they rolled out onto the landing and then the girls just stood up and walked away ..yellow jacket was all done

  • Scott Maschino Post author

    Great information in this one Fred. A bad situation handled in a very professional manner.

    One thing I would add is that hives that are that hot sometimes won't requeen anyway. I had a hive that was this hot this last spring. It was early enough in the season there were no drones to spread the genetics so I attempted to requeen. They killed the bought queen I gave them, and wouldn't raise a queen from donated frames of eggs and brood. By the time I got one to take, enough time had passed there were few if any bees left from that line of genetics in the hive. If it happens again I will just bag them and redistribute the resources.

  • Sock That Cuck Post author

    Alfred Hitchcock?

  • Jean Blythe Post author

    Hello, I'm new to this channel, and have read most of the comments and responses. I'm not a beekeeper, but have an interest in the whole subject. I had no idea africanized bees were now found in the north/Great Lakes region–I find that disturbing as well as the reason for it: unregistered hives. Seems like we just can't keep everyone acting responsibly.

    One question I didn't see (may have missed it) was: In this particular case, was there any point when the bees began showing increased aggression but did not go full-out kill mode? Is there a period of time when a hive has been changed before you see the aggressive, hot behaviour? Or did one day they seemed to become hot and begin attacking livestock/chickens/people? Do you get any warning, or is it flip-a-switch sudden?

    Also, I turned on the CC of the video when the bees were going after the mic's rat, and the CC just stopped showing anything, probably because the words could not be understood.

    All in all, I am very impressed with the quality of this channel and community. Thanks, and be safe.

  • oneoftwo42 Post author

    Once those bee's started buzzing I can't hear a thing your saying

  • Reptile Nexus Post author

    It is entirely understandable to kill those bees. You don't want those bees spreading.

  • Ken Tichy Post author

    I've had that happen to me. Took 4 months for a colony to become very hot, just about the same as that one. They likely requeened and she mated with a drone from a bad part of town. If the hive is exposed to the hot sun, no need for a plastic bag. Just seal the entrance and the heat will take care of them. You MUST kill them all. Don't let any of those drones infect the rest of your stock with those nasty genes.

  • xshanghu Post author

    Good 411

  • Craig Post author

    I am still a new beekeepers, what I have found with my hives. When my bees get more than a single brood cambers they get hot and try to kill me if they could. However, when I knock them down to a single brood chamber and queen exculder with a super, The very same hive was acting as normal as could be. I am personally convinced the size and numbers of bees has a lot to do with their aggression. Would like to know if anyone else has had a similar experience.

  • Bee Bop Post author

    great video

  • Rod Palm Post author

    If he was allergic those fifty stings could have killed him. Fact, you can die from a single sting. The thing is that if you survive you gain immunity. I've been stung so many times I'm not allergic anymore, first couple times really sucked and sent me to the hospital for epinephrine.

  • Ed McLaughlin Post author

    Mr Dunn, Very GOOD video, You have completely justified raising bees and getting rid of "Hot" bees. Excellent Video.

  • CluelessBeeKeeping Post author

    The black bag thing works better if you put it in the full sun. They will die within minutes (even if you don't use a black bag).

    This bee chick I knew was installing 2 big ass hives and they set one down (they were all white). They set one on the ground without a bottomboard while they set up the hive stand. They were 100% dead when they went to install them. Sad….1 big huge dead hive.

  • Spork Eye Post author

    Great video.

    I had something similar occur early this year. They turned hot very suddenly. I wasn't sure if it was their genetics or if it was a usurpation, but it didn't matter. We were getting stung 200-300 ft from the hive on a regular basis. Inspections meant 30 minutes or more of waiting for them to leave me and they would follow me 300+ feet from the hive.

    I did the same as you. I euthanized the colony. (In retrospect, I sort of wished I had tried other options, but… that is hindsight.) In my case, I just used a shop vac with a few inches of soapy water in the bottom. I tried CO2… and it did not seem to work for me. (I have no idea what I did wrong there… but it just didn't work.)

  • Stan Holloway Post author

    Hi Mr. Dunn. I live in central Florida and the AHB bees are a real problem here. A few years ago in Labelle, Florida, a very very hot swarm attacked a horse and stung it to death. Autopsy revealed that the horse had over 6 pounds of the bees in his mouth, throat and lungs. These bees are nothing to play with. I always wear a full suit for any removal calls that I get and any hot hives or swarms are totally wiped out to try to prevent northern migration. We have a very in depth inspection program down here and our state inspectors are all top of the line. We have more inspectors than any state in the nation right now. We're also fortunate to have an incredible bee research department at Florida State University, but the point that I want to make is that they are here, it's a very sobering very real threat but I think that as long as the beekeepers band together and communicate with one another, this can be managed. The service that you do is invaluable.

  • Tim Murphy Post author

    Wow! I repair HVAC for cell phone tower sites. The cell sites are pre-made shelters that are dropped in by crane. This summer, I went to a site and saw what I thought were yellowjackets hovering between the building. They were actually honey bees. A lot of honey bees.

    The bees had built a hive between the concrete pad and brick of the building. I worked within 15 feet of the hive for over an hour, and didn't get stung at all. As I walked back and forth from my van to the building, many bees passed right by me, and didnt't bother me once.

  • Robert Bennett Post author

    Interesting that you didn't want to talk about their flow hive in this video.

  • john enyeart Post author

    Very good video! Well done,great explanation! Thank you.I am curious, what state are you in?Reason I ask is because I thought the African bees were not moving to the upper north states,I get the bad genetics though.I happen to live in northwest indiana.

  • HoneyMonsterNava Post author

    This was very well shot. I am alergic so beekeeping isn't something that I can likely do, and agressive bees could be extremely dangerous to someone like me. I am glad to know there is at least a portion of the community that is against the raising of "hot" colonies. My beekeeping experience is done through your and other keepers videos, And although at this time i could not own a hive for honey i do plan to set up a box for the local solitary bees that i will not have to handle to keep

  • George Garcia Post author

    Amazing number of comments! It shows the pent up demand for information about dealing with Africanized honey bees; this may be because so many of the beekeeping YouTube videos are produced by people from Northern regions. Thanks! 1) is there research that shows whether robber screens help colonies from being taken over by Africanized honey bees? 2) Are beekeepers in areas that have Africanized bees able to keep European honey bees (eg., Italian, Russian,)? It seems that, from what I gather, a suggestion is made to ship queen bees from northern areas that don't have Africanized bees (to replace queens in "hot hives" … rather ironic given how northern beekeepers have long complained about having to purchase bees from southern states, as bees raised in the south are ill adapted to extremely cold places! Thanks again.

  • Jaci Bledsoe Post author

    Great video thank you. I am glad everything went well.

  • insylem Post author

    By killing aggressive bees and allowing calm bees to live will help selectively breed the bees to be more calm and less aggressive.

  • SomeoneVeryClever Post author

    Unlike European honey bees, are Africanized honey bees successfully able to defend their nests from and also eliminate raiders such as bald faced hornets and yellow jackets?

  • terry saunders Post author

    thets nice to no and hi from mainr i'm a bee keeper to

  • rz r Post author

    This is so interesting to watch. I am one of those people who suddenly found themselves watching videos on beekeeping. I personally won’t do it because I have a phobia against flying insects. We do have wild bees around our house because my mom has flowers and plants all around the house. I found your video very informative, it’s always nice to gain knowledge about an unfamiliar subject.

  • Gene Miller Post author

    I had some very hot bees on my first hive. An experienced beekeeper said I’ll take them. SHe figured it was just me because I was new. She took them out to a farm. They attacked and killed a couple turkeys and stung the cows and horses. They had to bee dry iced. We get hybrids here which can be very nasty. Also since bees mate with multiple drones they can start laying eggs from a drone that’s from an aggressive hive. Boom, instant hot hive. Mine would be fine to mow in front of but if you smoked them they instantly became hot. Take the top off and you would be covered. You don’t want drones from that hive repopulating. I currently have 4 hives in zero lot line. Nobodies gotten stung except one neighbor who got stung by a wasp. Of course he claimed it was a bee. I have to be very conscious about what kind of bees I have. My backyard is only 1000sqft. I routinely work my garden which is just a couple feet from the entrance of the hives. They haven’t bothered me.

  • Bill H Post author

    Thank you

  • Ronnie in VA Post author

    I think it was very illustrative of the difference between good genetics and the aggressive genetics when you walked down the line of hives. Even being in the flight paths and at their entryway, the calm bees remained calm. Conversely, that hot hive started responding to you before you were in front of their hive.
    I would add that any new queens and brood in the other hives should be destroyed in case the hot hive drones mated them.

  • 4bennybear Post author

    where did this happen county , state tia

  • TimTheScarecrow Post author

    man i imagine even with a suit that has to be intimidating. I typically just wear a t-shirt, pants, mucks and veil but always have jacket and gloves on standby just in case. Nothing i can do to prevent it, but i hope my hives never get like this

  • StoneWorld Post author

    What about "russian" bees like these? Is that a hot hive that should be dealt with

    https://youtu.be/Y6LtPvAHT1g

  • Rita McPherson Post author

    Thank you very much for this important information. 👍😉

  • 4x4Scout Post author

    Starting fluid. The fumes alone will knock down insects. I even use it to humanly put down other small animals.

  • Divi Photos Post author

    Nice video

  • Ninja Gregory Post author

    Love your video Fredrick! A lot of useful information.

  • Jason Rosebecke Post author

    This is a fantastic example (and information) of what a new beekeeper, such as myself, needs to see/hear in the event we're in a similar situation. I appreciate how you delivered this information and explained why it's so important. Thank you!!

  • Dale Costich Post author

    glad to find you …a compendium of knowledge and experience and extremely well spoken

  • ACCT Ahmed Post author

    Poor chicken..

  • Zak White Post author

    wild Bees here in central Tx typically have 40 to 80% Africanized DNA. It's when hives get established they become a danger. Bees that are established Africanized DNA defend in greater percentage. They defend greater distance from the hive. When in defense mode the bees seek out CO2 source. In my experience with Africanized bees, one must knock the population down to be safe. I have shook a 10 frame brood box into soapy water to kill the majority of the population that flys. A water hose works well simulating rain to get the bees from flying around you.

  • J K Post author

    That was very informative Fred. I didn't see that coming. Lesson learned about hot bees, and I sure don't want aggressive honeybees either in my Apiary.

  • J K Post author

    Hey Fred, I just saw a video on here and this is extremely interesting, does your state have 5G now? Watch this video from Russia, at the very beginning in the video it's showing an insect invasion on a house, the music stinks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZmFcoBOAjU This Just Happened In Russia, And The "5G Event" Might Have Something To Do With It….

  • J K Post author

    Fred, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj1My9dwnWY&feature=em-uploademail

  • AliLou Creations Post author

    Well done Fred 👍🏼

  • Debbie Chilcott Post author

    My bees went down the driveway and across the road to raid the neighbors pig mash (that contained soybean grain). I was out of town, told the owner to turn a sprinkler on to simulate rain. When home, I borrowed some pig mash and put it between the hives and the neighbor. Problem solved (so far ! PTL!!)

  • Uncle Reggie Post author

    Kill the queen!

  • 295Phoenix Post author

    Can regular European honeybees, under rare circumstances, get that defensive or do they need some genetic influence from Africanized bees for that to happen?

  • Jane Dough Post author

    What everyone else said. Great video,very informative and as always very interesting! ….I want one of those backyard chicken shirts …….when are you going to come out with your graphic tshirt? Thanks again Mr Dunn

  • Bill Quantrill Post author

    Great video and a pretty dramatic situation! So I guess there was no danger of the other hives being contaminated by the aggressive genetics, or is that something they'll have to monitor closely?

  • Awaitingthetrumpetcall Post author

    Instructive video. Thanks for posting. It's too bad that there aren't many people with your knowledge. Bees that kill livestock are bad news.

  • PaintcanDan1217 Post author

    This was amazing! It breaks my heart to see the livestock affected by this hot hive. Its a sobering reminder what kind of care beekeepers do in order to ensure the safety of their bees and other livestock.

  • Leonard Chan Post author

    13:00 asmr

  • cynthia brennemann Post author

    I'd feed the brood to the chickens. A little revenge.

  • Jonathan Vincent Post author

    As a beekeeper in Zimbabwe I have learned to mange the Scutelata bee and it was interesting to see you assess the defensive bees in the video. We keep bees in suburban areas as there are many wild hives in hollow trees in the residential areas in Zimbabwe. As beekeepers in Zimbabwe we provide swarm capture services and educate the community on how to stay safe around our natural but defensive bees. There are some guide lines for managing African bees and it is possible to manage these bees with some risk management. It is not an option for for a small close farm setting but in areas where you are forced to except this bee it can be done with relative safety. All the problems we have encountered are caused by ignorance of how to deal with the African bee.
    We manage all our colonies at night we do everything in the dark. Harvest honey and move hives everything is done at night because the bees do not fly far in the dark.
    Our protective clothing is completely bee proof. We use double cuffs gators for hands and feet. We use lots of cool smoke. One of the things that you learn is how sensitive bees are to chemicals and odours. All American and European beekeepers would find a course on working African bees very helpful. It makes you a more sensitive and professional beekeeper. The African Scutelata bee demands your respect they have no malicious intentions but through evolutionary pressure have become the most successful invasive species in the history of man. The two main predators of the African bee are man and the African honey badger this is why they are so defensive. Even the big five in African do not mess with the African bee. I am very fond of my bees they are wild and free I respect them and they remind me that I am a thief every time I rob them just as they should . I would love to have saved those wild bees in your video. I have never seen a Varroa mite our bees just rip them up and hive beetles are ejected and imprisoned and literally lifted bodily off the landing board and carried away that I have seen. You have a war on you hands the outcome will be decided by the climate the African bee will keep coming. Only the cold will stop it. I strongly suggest that you learn how to manage these amazing bees you will be happier in the long term.

  • Ryukai Post author

    13:30 right half of the landing pad you can see one of the larger bees attacking and trying to sting the workers!

  • Toasty Oreos Post author

    Both educational and Entertaining, but you might need a second portable mic for when bees attack your camera

  • chumpo ah Post author

    I have a question. Since all these colonies are close together, why aren't the calm colonies being attacked by the aggressive colony?

  • Astraea Rhamnusia Post author

    I just cannot agree with killing any hive. Bees are sick and they are dying. When they go – we go. Very sad situation. But I also understand farmers must protect themselves and their livestock. Keep Demazin syrup (for kids) always – give it to any mammal that got stung! I saved two dogs with that. Sad that the African bee got a foothold and making bees aggressive.

  • Zach Earwood Post author

    if I had an Africanized Bee hive I would drench the hive in gasoline and set it on fire.
    If they are THAT aggressive the species must be destroyed.

  • Selva Raj Post author

    Why not they it and leave it in a forest far off? Killing bees is not very convincing 🙁

  • Dave Dennis Post author

    Her holding that chicken made me think of my dear old Dad. He loved chickens.
    I never would have thought that a sweet docile little honey bee would turn Killer Bee. That is really strange. I understand this is really rare so I learned something here.

  • Sasha DeKasha Post author

    I love bees but know very little about them. I was searching for answers regarding bees because there was a colony near my house. I’m in an HOA community and was told to call a beekeeper vs them. He came last night and collected the bees. I was absolutely fascinated by the behavior. And now I want to learn everything about them. My point is, thank you for taking the time to film and post your videos. You are a amazing! Thank you!

  • juju55488 Post author

    Very informative video – good to know what to keep an eye out for and how to quickly handle it. Too bad some people would rather have large quantities of product and be isolated from their neighbors and such because if a swarm of Africanized bees attacked humans – wouldn't lead into a lawsuit? Good to know your neighbors – this is a serious situation. The video is an eye-opener. Thanks again.

  • Candace hilliard Post author

    Bro I can’t hear a thing your saying

  • Frances Moore Post author

    I seen this before but wanted to see it again. I have a hive that act mean at times but not all the time. They stung a man in his garden working and the neighbor. but when I went there I stood in front of the hive like u did and they did not try to hurt me at all what I seen was normal. it makes no since to me. Emerson said he got stung 4 times last week they have never acted like that before It was cloudy 1 day but I have 16 hives and none of them acted that way I was thinking maybe they did not like his smell or something what do u think I am going to keep a check on them I live in virginia I was working them 1 day and emerson came over and they were on him like a cat on a mouse but that was the first time they have ever did that before. I had no problems not one bee tried to sting me I do not wear a full suit I wear a veil and the rubber gloves not bee gloves and a long sleeve white shirt that I can and have been stung though before I do not understand why they are going after Mr Emerson that way do u have any thought on what is going on with the bees. Thanks

  • Jay D Post author

    If the colony was still alive after a few days wrapped in the bags, how long would you suggest leaving it wrapped before even checking, or is there a better way to check first?

  • HeWho HasEars Post author

    because i live in texas, and a great # of swarms are hot. what about requeening.?

  • maggie Brinkley Post author

    What a great video thank you for sharing I learned so much from watching 🌻🐝🐝

  • Scotty G Post author

    I've seen videos on people who are keeping Hot bees and having to stay out of their own garden for a day after opening the hive for inspection and laughing about it. This seems very irresponsible as your video has shown. They might stay indoors as their bee's are on the war path but what happens to the neighbours kids and animals.

  • Jacque Renee Post author

    Wow from 11:50 on I couldn’t hear anything you said for a while

  • private bubba Post author

    Bees don't see the color red. they see in the blue/green/ultraviolet spectrum.

  • Chip Friday Post author

    I had a contract job that lasted 6 years in a very small town in west Texas about an hour east of El Paso and about 15 miles from the Mexican boarder as the crow flew. I hadn't kept bees since "before kids" and my girls were in college, so I guess that was in the "golden age of bee keeping." I had kept my subscriptions to the three American bee magazines since 1974 out of interest. so I knew what I might be in for. I started (5) #3 packages in the spring of 2011 with Texas bees and they all built up in a normal fashion. I kept my bees at the local County Airport where I flew my radio controlled airplanes. They were the only aircraft in the air most weekends, Once or twice a year the owner of Amazon flew a big jet in for a meeting at Blue Origen Rocket Port north of town 50 miles or so. This part of Texas was in the northern portion of the Chihuahua desert, and we got 12" to 15" of rain a year. I tucked these hives off a long taxiway in a thicket of weasatch and cats-claw which gave me nice amounts of honey early each spring. My third summer, around the first of July I got a rude surprise when I lifted off the inner cover of hive #2. It had 3 deep brood boxes and 4 medium supers packed full of honeyed bees. It seemed that one minute the bees were acting normally and the next they boiled out and were on me.. There must have been 500 bees hitting the screen of my vail and hundreds more attacking my full length bee suite everywhere.
    I had noticed the bees getting more aggressive over the past month or so but this was ridiculous! I left the area by walking down a taxiway and on to one of the main runways.. This is a delightful little airport, first built in the early days of WW2, and kept in excellent repair. I walked over 8 thousand feet before all the bees broke off he attack. I was quite lucky and only had a dozen or so stings on my nose, chin and hands. That was it for that day.. I went home to brood and ice myself down. Came back 5 days later with blue jeans pants and shirts, two pairs of white cotton socks, cowboy boots with (4) #64 rubber bands on both ankles of said boots. Last time the bees stapled my socks to my ankles. That wasn't going to happen again. This time I brought a new friend along. Her Royal Highness was proven, out of a spring nook they said. She was ready to go to work, and work she did! I bought her marked and clipped. She flew in on the Red Eye. I found the interloper with much difficulty. She, of course was not marked. I always buy my queens marked, but not clipped….. cheap insurance, I think. I think the hive was hit by a commando swarm. Flew in some afternoon,. killed my queen and set up shop. I had not seen the queen is ?several weeks? but saw fresh eggs in the bottom of cells so I wasn't too concerned.. Boy, was that a mistake. I was able to let the hive settle back to 'sweet, like he other 4 because nobody came near the hive but me and the wasn't for another month and a half.. That happened one more time before I came back to civilization. I was going through a hive looking for queen cells. and I saw a skinny unmarked queen. I cut her in half on the spot and ordered a queen that night.

  • Tony Reynolds Post author

    All I can say is WOW! I've read somewhere a long time ago that people have differing ability to survive being stung, that some people it can be one sting, some thousands (over a lifetime), but that no one knows what the limit is, and that the effects of the venom is cumulative. Is that true. Thanks again, Best.

  • Corneliu Aldea Post author

    The bees do that some time when they don't have a Queen for a while they go nuts thei fallow u

  • Lord Jadus Post author

    What state is this?

  • Haute Swan Post author

    So you only remove the 1 hot hive or do you have to get rid of all the hives of bees on the one farm to make sure none of them moved to another colony? What if a couple escaped, will they try to take over a big colony or will the good colony kill them off? Should you spread the hives out more so you can identify the problem with aggressive bees better? I hope to learn so much more so by next year after we get our own acreage we can try a hive or two. Maybe one hive the first year and another the second year if we do well. Don't laugh I might not know what I am talking about but it's worth learning about. I am super excited about it. Thank you, I learned sooooo much!

  • Ken Thompson Post author

    All the entrances of all the hives were wide open for robbing, is it possible that robbing started a defenceive behaviour in this hive which I've seen this in Ireland and we don't have killer bees but we do have a lot wet weather and this washes away the nectar and pollen and robbing starts, some are more defenceive than others?

  • Nom De Plume Post author

    Is this the neighbor that lives 5 miles away that refuse to register their hives?

  • Brahma Chicken5000 Post author

    The “Barred” chickens are Cuckoo Marans and not Barred Plymouth Rocks.

  • ML Boone Post author

    I bought bees from mann lake and they are so mean it is unbelievable I have re-queened it with a queen from draper bees hoping to calm them

  • Roger Hinds Post author

    Thank you for the insight/info and sharing this with all of us

  • Randy Carstens Post author

    Thanks very good info.

  • Geani Tsucuneli Post author

    I did fix 5 bee family this summer ,change the queen with a old one, 2 years or older,spray the frames with pepprmint esential oil solution .You are not going to believe …they get mute and nice …getting to hard work.You do everything ,in the dark.

  • David Brooke Post author

    Thank you. Fantastic video. I'm just learning about bees. Our first and only beehive has become aggressive. Now I know what we need to do. Thanks again!

  • Chip Altman Post author

    First 2 min holy shit

  • Chip Altman Post author

    Her husband is clearly a beta male

  • Aaron Prack Post author

    Thanks as always for the in depth focus on the subject. I like your prior QA format but this was a great learning opportunity to share too. Admire your calm and trust in your equipment. I have no bees yet and no prior experience with a hot hive, but there was a kind of species-level response to listening to the rage of that colony. My adrenaline is still up just from the sound!

  • Barb Wellman Post author

    I watched an English beekeeper channel on his hot hive. He requeened with a virgin queen.

    Your explanation as to why the entire hive needs killed makes perfect sense.

  • Steven Racewicz Post author

    So this is a "good bee, bad bee" kinda thing??

  • Tailss1 Post author

    I'll have to admit this is making me think twice before keeping hives, I have neighbors and something like this wouldn't go over well. More homework is necessary I think.

  • Michael Glindmyer Post author

    Do you have a link to the cameo suit you wore in the video?

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