Re: Neighbor being bothered by my new bees
Thing to bear in mind, is a fear of bees is quite reasonable, to somebody who does not understand them.
To me, the bees bothering the neighbors scenario, is the same as someone being bothered by the neighbors dog. Dogs can be intimidating, especially if they look like they might bite, and even more so if they come onto your property. The dog owner though, can be unsympathetic because to him, his dog is a friend, the neighbors are just whingers.
Take your neighbors complaint seriously. What's worked for me (sometimes), is to have a smile on your face, and invite them to come and look at the hives. Make it happen on a good day, spray the bees with sugar water first, and generally do everything to ensure the bees are totally docile. Open the hive, show them the honey and let them taste it, show them the brood, they will likely be fascinated and realise bees are not just angry little beings whose sole purpose in life is to try to sting someone. You could also check out their back deck and see if something can be done to alleviate the problem. Could there be a light bees are flying to at night? If so, relocate the bees to where they will not see the light.
If all fails though, you may just have to bite the bullet and relocate the bees.
There was a thread here a year or two ago, where the boot was on the other foot. The Beesource member had bad relations with the neighbor, although the neighbor had not complained about the bees. The Beesource member eventually decided to "punish"the neighbor, by complaining about the neighbors dog. Got ugly, went to court, etc, and eventually he succeeded in having the dog removed, the outcome in the end was the dog was destroyed.
The obviously upset neighbor now decided to pull some strings of his own, turns out he was a relation of the town mayor. By playing some politics they were able to persuade the council to enact local bylaws banning beekeeping in a certain area.
The Beesource member then posted, asking what to do. In my opinion, he brought it on himself. Did to the neighbor exactly what some people do to beekeepers, he did not apply principles of live and let live, was selfish, and not a good neighbor. Which brought about him being treated in the same way, then he complained.
Bottom line, treat others as you would want to be treated. Don't treat it as a war, unless you want one.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).