I am upset. Perhaps I shouldn't be, but I am. My neighbor, who has been a wonderful neighbor for the past couple of years (since we moved to our 36 acre farm), is having night terrors about bees swarming and stinging her and her two horses. She is upset that I had some bees swarm this spring (for which I captured). None went in her direction. But of course, they do visit her flowers and apple trees.
She is allergic to bees. Really. She is in the process of getting desensitization injections. She carries her epi-pen. Her doctor keeps telling her that he is very concerned she is living next to a beekeeper.
We live in the country. There is a housing area just north of us with 25 homes. It seems these 1-2 acre lots are in high demand all around here. Anyway, there are tons of bumblebees, native little black bees, wasps, hornet, and yes, honey bees. In fact, the apple orchard owner kept 25 hives of bees across the road (about a football field distance away). He moved them last year when he sold the orchard to us.
This morning she called and wanted to know exactly where the hives where located. She said, "Now I can't build my barn where I wanted to." I said, "Why not?" Her respnse, "I'm afraid a swarm of bees will come into the barn.... my mother just told me about...." And you can imagine the colorful story of bees living in some church in Nebraska. Then she proceeded to state that her doctor was wondering if there were some regulations on where someone could put hives. Was there a population requirement? "There is a small community around here, you know." And then she mentioned, "I keep finding some bees in the cattle waterer. Where do your bees get their water?" I inform her, "There is a running creek right by them and a 1 acre pond 400 feet from them."
In other words, she wants me to get rid of the bees. Of which I am upset. I not only enjoy them but have invested heavily in them. In the next 5 - 10 years I was hoping to have about 50 hives (not all here). I have a huge extractor, woodenware, and all the stuff. I don't have to tell you that these things cost money. But I also have enjoyed my relationship with my neighbor. It saddens me that her fear of being stung is affecting our friendship. I mentioned to her that she was much more likely to get stung by a wasp, yellow jacket or bumble than a honey bee. (I got stung by one of those little black bee creatures yesterday while weeding.... got down my pants...quite a funny picture of me jumping up and down with a hoe).
What to do? I could move them to across the road. But you and I both know that will not change the population of the bees in the neighborhood. But maybe, "out of sight, out of mind"? I have never moved a hive, much less 13 with double and triple supers on them. Suggestions? Thanks for reading this long ranting. As always I sure appreciate your input.