The Whale Labs Bee Venom Collector is the perfect piece of kit if you want to boost the profitability of a hive. The device can be run independently of your honey collection schedule, providing great flexibility in generating extra revenue. You can use multiple bee venom collectors if you have a larger amount of hives to ensure maximum collection potential, or simply rotate a single collector on different hives each collection period if you have fewer hives.
The device is a self-contained unit, running off of 8xAA batteries, meaning you do not need to lug around a separate 12V power source. The voltage from this device is low enough to generally not be harmful to the bees, with our tests showing greater than a 99.9% survivability rate. Ensure the hive is healthy before use. The device has a simple on/off switch, and can be left on for between 1 to 3 hours, depending on how much venom you want to collect. Depending on the size of a hive, you could expect to collect up to 1 gram of venom from each collection. The bees do need time to rest though, so only collect from a hive every few days. If you notice a drop off in venom production, increase the amount of days between collections.
Take extreme caution when handling bee venom. Use thick gloves and eye/mouth protection. Do not ingest or inhale. Cover any exposed cuts or grazes on your hands or body. The quantity of apitoxin produced by these collectors can potentially be lethal. Handle the Bee Venom Collector with care as remnants of venom will be left on the device after collections. Do not place the collector on any surface used for food preparation. Wipe the collection plate with rubbing alcohol (or similar) subsequent and prior to collection.
You won’t notice a zap coming from the wires, so there is no harm to you touching the wires while the device is powered on.
Disclaimer: We do not guarantee that you will receive a full gram of venom from a hive per collection. While we have collected close to a full gram of venom from sessions lasting between 1 to 3 hours, it entirely depends on hive size, maturity, the weather, season, and more.