Occasionally, people ask how we can do what we do without being worried about getting bit, scratched, stung, infected, or some other worry. Well, like any other hazardous job, we are educated and prepared in order to prevent such things. A construction site in Orlando provided an opportunity to show a small part of this training.
It’s BUZZZZ To The Rescue
A work trailer had a large hive of bees living underneath it and we were called to deal with it. I put my bee suit on, carefully checking for any holes around the zipper connections and overlapping areas, such as where the gloves pull over the long sleeves or the leg pants slide over the boots. Knowing my bee keeper suit is completely sealed I don’t have to worry about bee stings, except the occasional bee that just won’t quit and actually penetrates through the fabric, which does happen.
While not an Africanized bee hive, this colony of bees was pretty aggressive after I started fogging them. Ten minutes earlier I was squatting directly underneath the hive, unprotected, with no bees trying to sting me. As the video below shows, they weren’t so happy once I disturbed them. I will be back in a couple days to clean this hive out and take some pictures.