Some of you might wonder why your bees have suddenly become aggressive. When you started the hive this year the bees were calm, nice, and you can practically open up the hive without a veil. Now you get near and a few comes out bumping your veil and try to find anywhere they can dig their stingers into.
Don’t worry. Your bees haven’t turned psycho or anything. It’s all about the nectar flow. It is already August and though we still do have nectar sources it has slowed down dramatically. The bees are in defensive mode to protect their food source from any predator. This is also a time when robbing can occur, so you might want to put that entrance reducer on if you see fighting and other weird activities at the entrance.
During inspections at this time of the year I do recommend lightly smoking the hive. It’s as simple as two puffs of smoke at the entrance and then two puffs at the top after you have cracked the cover just enough to get the smoke in. Or if you opt not to smoke them then it’s always good to light up the smoker and have it handy just incase the bees become really aggressive.