Notes: The "Bee Smart Robbing Screen" I use for transporting Hobbyist's hives to my apiary when they have been taken over by Africanized Hybrid Bees or if they have been in contact with Pesticides. I recommend this robbing screen or making one for periods of dearth. The "Entrance Gate/Disc" I use for my swarm lure traps and for on boxes to ventilate the hives during extreme Sonoran desert temperatures.
PRODUCTS FOR THE BEEKEEPER
Notes: I use latex or nitrile gloves when working hives. They are less cumbersome and do not smash bees, however I keep a thicker pair of gloves ready in case of an extremely defensive hive which will sting through the gloves in high numbers. The nitrile/latex gloves do not stop stings but most bees will not sting through them. The thicker the mil the better and the tighter fit the better so that it is easy to pick up the queen(s) if necessary. Many times I will get multiple uses out of each pair.
PRODUCTS FOR BEE REMOVALS
Notes: We do bee removals at night for safety and containment using a red light. The Camping lantern shown above is rechargeable so it uses no batteries! I also recommend using a red light at night for requeening a defensive hive if it cannot be removed from a residential location.
PRODUCTS FOR OFF GRID
Notes: The Ryobi 18v hybrid fan is the bees knees! This fan charges in 30 minutes and we use it on low setting through the night. We do not have power at night and this fan is the best thing we have found! We use the 9ah battery. Highly recommended for power outages!
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