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Maxims for opening the hive:

  • Have the smoker ready to give forth a good volume of smoke.
  • Use the smoker to scare the bees rather than to punish them.
  • Do not stand in front of the hive lest the bees passing out and in take umbrage.
  • Be careful not to drop any implements with which you are working; take hold of all things firmly.
  • Move steadily, and not nervously.
  • Do not run if frightened, for the bees understand what running away means as well as you do.
  • If the bees attack you, move slowly away, smoking them off as you go.
  • If a bee annoys you by her threatening attitude for some time, kill her ruthlessly.
  • If stung by a bee, rub off the sting, instead of pulling it out with the nails of the thumb and forefinger and thus forcing more venom into the wound.
  • Ammonia applied to the wound made by a bee-sting will usually afford immediate relief.

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