I am very proud of E. She has gone from mortal fear of bees (earned in a legitimate fashion), to being able to work the hives without any concern. The following video shows E removing the lid of the hive, removing the top board, and then adding some Bayverol strips.
These strips kill over 95% of mites, and will allow the hive to thrive during the spring and summer. I leave them in for 6-8 weeks. There are other types of treatment, so the mites will not develop resistance if treatment types are alternated.
If you are afraid of something, take a note of this brave young girl. This is how to overcome a fear, steps followed by E:
- Decide that you do not want to be crippled by an irrational fear
- Recognise the fear as irrational, but real
- Seek advice from those you trust, who do not have that fear (to manage real safety issues)
- Push yourself as close to the object as you feel comfortable, then get a tiny bit closer
- Wait in that position as long as you can, and then calmly retreat.
- Repeat, getting closer each time
- Tell yourself that you are doing well
- Have a reward for doing well (this associates the object with a reward
- Eventually, after many repeats, the fear diminishes, and may vanish entirely.
- Reward yourself, as you have shown the power to overcome, and should be very proud of yourself.
This approach has worked for E for bees, dogs, heights, and most recently, spiders.
Remember, she is only 8. And I am very, very, proud of her.