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Source: Ken Hamm/Green Matters

Meet The Beekeepers Growing Hives On Rooftops And Their Own Backyards

By Kristin Hunt

It’s about 10 a.m. on an overcast Wednesday morning, and Andrew Coté is digging through boxes of bees. He’s not wearing a netted helmet or even gloves — he thinks it’s too easy to crush bees that way. As he casually pries off a new frame, intermittently pumping the surface with smoke to soothe the bees, he stops and grips the top of his head. “I got stung,” he mutters. 

He quietly steps away from the boxes, spraying his face with the same smoke he was just fanning on the honeybees. 

“The sting has a smell,” he explains. “It smells like bananas, and it gets the bees riled up. So if they smell the sting, it tells them, sting here.”