Proven Bee Stings Techniques That Work – KM089


This week we are talking about Preventing Bee Stings, Leonardo DiCaprio and Painting Boxes. This is Episode Eighty Nine of our beekeeping podcast.

Well as the autumnal flush has hit, the weather is just wonderful with some gorgeous days starting with cool temperatures rising up to 28 degrees Celsius…it’s been awesome !! Even got some photos of water bees with the very high Autumnal tides: Photos HERE

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Welcome To the kiwimana buzz..

Hi, it’s Gary and Margaret here, We are beekeepers from the hills of the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland, New Zealand. Our podcast is about beekeeping, Gardening and bit of politics about environmental issues. We also have been known to go off on tangents about other issues.


Big Shoutout to our listeners in Shanghai in China this month.

And in Kenya, Josiah sent us a great photo of his hive… and asked how to you attract swarms. Thanks Josiah

Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population, 24 million as of 2014. That equals five times New Zealand’s population!!!!

Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population
Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population

What’s happening at kiwimana


  • Happy the New Zealand flag remained the same, buzzy bee flag didnít even get picked 🙁
  • Treating quarantine apiary Bees well underway.
  • We were mentioned our “School of Podcasting”, check out that show HERE, we are at around 30:00.
  • Shoutout to Lankford who was on the Weekly Bee chat over the weekend.


    Yumm Nectar
    Yumm Nectar
  • Apiary management, breeding area cleared before Winter really sets in
  • Moving hives a small-distance, takes about 4 days for them to settle
  • Treatments
  • Wintering Down some colonies
  • Spring preparations already starting
  • Beekeeper Services has seen requests to help Winter-down colonies
  • Nectar flow – still going strong here
  • Pollen coming in thick and fast
  • Introduction to the world of beekeeping course now completed – some great feedback already!!

Blog Recap – Top three Blog Posts Last Month

These are the most popular blogs you’ve been listening to

KM088 Follow the Honey

  1. Freedom Camping in kiwimana Nirvana Land
  2. Following The Human Rights Honey with Mary Canning
  3. The Story Behind the Last Beginners Kit of 2016

Beekeeping News

Great post from “Jennifer Sartell” about some common sense ways to prevent getting bee stings from your bees.

10 Ways To Prevent Bee Stings

The Ten Ways are:-

  1. Smoker
  2. Bee suit, veil and gloves
  3. Wear light colors
  4. Don’t stand in the way of the entrance
  5. Slow movements
  6. Fragrances
  7. Pay attention to the buzzing
  8. If you are stung, move away from the hive
  9. Use sugar water with a new package
  10. Get the Honey and Go

Jennifer writes:-

I love our bees! They are amazing little creatures which I find fascinating. But just because I love them, doesn’t mean I love it when we occasionally get stung.

10 Ways to Prevent Bee Stings

Leonardo DiCaprio took up beekeeping

Leonardo DiCaprio the actor has taken up beekeeping, his step dad is a beekeeper and he took up to help with Stress. Love the photo shopped photo on this article..

The 41-year-old was introduced to the pastime by his mum’s boyfriend David Ward as a means to deal with stress before the Oscars, according to The Sun.

Leonardo DiCaprio took up beekeeping to handle stress before the Oscars

Your Feedback

Matt Brake – Have you got him lined up for an interview yet, Gary?

Another great post from Beekeeper Linda. Who we interviewed on Episode 46. Linda has a great method using a paint roller.

Painting Boxes EfficientlyOK, I know we all say that in the winter is a great time to paint boxes and read bee books. Somehow I always manage to get all the way to spring without accomplishing this.

Painting boxes Efficiently

Gold In Them Thar Hills

Should read “Trouble in them their hills”; with beekeeping companies having trouble retaining staff. Also big beekeeping companies are buying land that is hard to farm to utilise the manuka bloom.

Big honey businesses are buying up marginal rural land in the Whanganui region, rural real estate specialist Knuk Bukholt says.

Gold in them thar hills

Your Feedback

Some different opinions about staff being pirated from Tweeddale Apiaries, a few comments from the old staff members.
Josh Anderson Hahaha pirated; we all left on our free will for a change because we all know where the better place is

Another fantastic post from Hilary from San Diego about why keeping hive inspection notes are so important. We use a combination of Hive Tracks and Margaret’s memory 🙂

This post also includes a cool template you can download and print for your inspections.

Why Keep Hive Inspection NotesOne of the single most helpful habits a new beekeeper can form is record taking. Every time you do a hive inspection, you should take notes on what you see. Not only does this practice help reinforce what you already know, but it will help you to learn new things down the road. Read on to find out what you should keep track of in your hives plus, some tips for how to make the process easy and accurate!

Why keep hive inspection notes?

Swarm of Bees walking into Hive

In the second post from Hilary this week, is some great ideas on how to catch a swarm. These tips will be great for our Northern Hemisphere listeners who will be in the swarm season very soon. We have already heard of swarms in the southern states of North America.

She Talks about:-

  1. Timing is Everything
  2. Watch out for Scout Bees
  3. The perfect Box/Trap is 40 liters and has a 2 inch entrance
  4. Use the correct Bait

We have had success with three drops of Lemon Grass oil on a Tissue or Swarm Commander.

Every spring bee swarms land in my yard. In fact, this week not one, but three swarms descended upon me within a period of just 5 days! You may be feeling somewhat jealous of my good luck at this point’s, why am I so popular and what are the best ways to lure a swarm to your yard?

How to Lure a Swarm of Bees

The Drink Of Viking Warlords2

Are we have been enjoying watching Vikings on Netflix, so we had to share this story. Is Mead the answer to drug-resistant infections. Tobias Olofsson, a microbiologist at Lund University in Sweden believes this could the case.

We have been having fun watching the Vikings TV Show, great show but not one for the children.

The post-antibiotic future sounds terrifying, but hereís one upside you didnít imagine: swilling Viking crunk juice to stay alive. New research suggests that mead, the vitality drink of gods and berserkers alike, was a potent medicine in ancient times. And with science, we can make it even better.

The Drink of Viking Warlords Could Help Fight Disease

Your Feedback

Daniel and Sarah Martin – Yep I’m a Viking Warlords and I make my oaty breakfast with this


Questions from you

Graham Asks:-

Would you know where I could find a DVD on honey bees, maybe something like how they operate or anything else about bees.

I think the best one we have is called “Tales from the Hive”, I got a copy from Amazon.

But looks like it’s on Youtube now here:-

It’s a great movie indeed, with camera’s inside the hive. Well worth a watch.

How Much Oxalic Acid to Treat Hives- Tim – Christchurch

We recommend 1 gram per full or deep brood box.

If you have a question, email us at [email protected] and the team at kiwimana will do our best to answer it. Or visit our speakpipe page HERE

Feedback from You

Voice Mails

Voice mail from Ann Guin Charlotte North Carolina

Random Review

As a small thank you we randomly select one product review each month. This month winner will receive a $90 kiwimana gift certificate. Get in touch within 2 weeks of the podcast release date to claim your prize.

Contest Closes 21 April 2016 Midnight NZ Time

This week’s winning review was:-
(You will have to listen to the show)


Kazel Cass

I spend a lot of time listening to the kiwimana podcast.

I’m not very good at sitting and reading books on beekeeping, or web pages. But because of this podcast,

I’ve been able to tackle a difficult task, and it has been very successful. I didn’t read the blogpost, but Gary Fawcett explained on one of the podcasts the theory behind shaking out a laying worker hive, so I have been able to turn a queenless, laying worker hive into one that is actively rearing new queens from a frame of eggs they were given.

My gratitude to kiwimana is huge. Thank you Gary and Margaret. You are my heroes.


WIl votes for Absolutely !!

From: Wil Graham
Subject: Absolutely NOT!
Message Body:
Gary & Margaret,
In today’s episode (87) you mentioned some feedback a listener had about Gary’s use of the word “absolutely”. I would like to be a voice of affirmation to Gary

I hope you will absolutely NOT stop using the word absolutely! It would be like taking the buzz out of the bee!! 🙂

I use this word often (thanks to you), at home (and elsewhere) in my best Kiwi “accent” (which probably confuses everyone but my wife who knows where it comes from and who has picked up the habit as well!). Oh, I do the same thing with the words awesome and indeed as well, “indeeeeeed”! 🙂 I lived in New Zealand twenty years ago for a couple of years and I have missed it dearly ever since! A large part of me is Kiwi in spirit; I hope to get back there one day! Listening to you two takes me back and I love it!

Anyway, just wanted to throw in my two bits AND take the opportunity to tell you both how much I enjoy your podcast hope to be a hobbyist beekeeper one day! I started an orchard last year with 12 fruit trees and plan to plant more this year. I also enjoy gardening and comb honey, so pollinators are high on my priority list! I’ve been researching for a few years and your podcast (which I only discovered last year) is a highly valued part of my education process; my next step is to find a local beekeeper to “apprentice” with. I appreciate the insights, interviews and various perspectives you provide. You do great work! !

Wish you all the best buzz on!! Absolutely! 🙂
Morgan, Utah, USA


Chris Brown from England

Just listened to episode 87 whilst walking the dog – found my moment in the day for you guys! If I close my eyes and concentrate hard enough I can almost hear the gentle buzzing of the bees and beautiful call of the tui and bellbird. Thanks guys. Audio nirvana.

And you don’t say “Absolutely!” enough Gary so please don’t stop saying it…

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One thought on “Proven Bee Stings Techniques That Work – KM089

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    Cornelia Tenheuvel says:

    What an fantastic Newsletter,
    Teun will be here next Thursday, I will show him.

    Lovely reading, interesting.

    Good on yous,

    Corrie T,

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