No gloves, no veil, no problem for this 35 year veteran beekeeper.
With our bee colonies just barely hanging on (no thanks to varroa, aka vampire, mite) it was time to visit the wild “feral” hive in the Arroyo Seco that we’ve been passing on our weekly goat walks for over two (or more) years.
Along with essential oil drenches, sticky traps and grease patties, we’ve been freezing our frames and Beekeeper D has isolated our queens. With this wild batch of bees we are hoping to bring in some new bee blood before winter sets in.
We’ll see how it goes.
UPDATE: Good news, we caught the queen!