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  1. #1
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    Default Stings on Rental Property

    Hello all,
    I enjoy your forum very much.

    I own a house and 10 acres on a river in the Texas Hill Country that I rent to vacationers. I am planning to put a couple of hives on this property this spring. My main concern is not getting the guests stung. I plan to put the hives under a few mesquite trees about 100 yards away from the house and about 175 yards from the river. I had been planning on using B Weaver packages, but now after doing more research(defensiveness) I am not so sure. I am not worried about the foraging bees as much as people walking around close to the hive or guest's kids throwing rocks at the hives. I do plan to fence the hives with a 5' game fence with a space around the hives of 10' or so and "Caution: Bees" signs on the fence. I am leaving the boxes unpainted and the growth around the outside of the fence uncut to camouflage the area.

    My questions are:
    Should I try for a gentler bee breed?
    Is there a better arrangement for the fence?
    Will the bees go for the condensate pipe of the AC units on the house being closer than the river?
    Any other ways I can deter quest-bee confrontation?

    Thanks for all responses in advance,
    Flask

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    Interesting situation. I would think that you will be dealing with a wide range of types of people. Some of them will be more troublesome than others. If the guests discover the hives I doubt that you will be able to keep all of them away.

    Then there is the issue of potential allergic reactions.....
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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    If you get European honeybees, I think you'll be fine. It's better to warn your guest about your apiary instead of letting them discover it on their own. At least with a warning, you have a chance to implement rules about it. Place "No Trespassing" signs on the fence warning of honey bees.

    I've had up to 16 hives on a 15 unit apartment building roof for several years know without one sting or other incident. You can always talk to your insurance company about your concerns to see if there is any additional coverage you may need.

    I would paint your boxes green or the same color as your landscape. (Unpainted boxes don't last nearly as long).
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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    Ralittlefield brings up good points. If you are inviting people onto your property, by law you have a greater liability for their safety.

    I am also in Texas, not very far from you. I have Bee Weaver bees, and they're very calm. I had much the same concern as you regarding neighbors. My nearest neighbor is about a football field away. I was so concerned when I first established a hive in my yard that there would be hundreds of bees flying around my house and his all the time. Well, I usually only see bees at the small pond on my patio. No matter what the temperature, there are several that are always taking water back to the hive. Most are long gone and far away every day, out foraging. I could count the number of bees I see in my yard on two hands. Also, I was terribly worried about my dogs (I have eight), but again, the girls are out doing other things all day.

    Your liability issue is a real concern. All you need is for someone to be stung---someone who didn't even know they were allergic.

    I think if they were long-term renters, you could cover yourself a little better. But if you have different people coming and going all the time, things could get messy really fast.

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    You know with 10 acres I would think you could find a place out of the way for your bees. Do guests generally go into your tool shed or maintenance barn? You could probably "fence off" a section of your property and keep it locked with " Caution Please Do Not Enter" signs. I do believe the best thing is out of site / out of mind. Privacy screens of natural vegetation could further seperate the hives from view.

    Good luck, I would find a way to talk to your insurance company about it. Rental property has different covenants and potential liabilities then homeowner occupied property

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    I have heard the thing about putting a 6' fence or shrubbery so that they are above people level when they fly out to forage. I would also have a first aid kit stocked in the house with neosporin, band-aids, ace bandages, and benedryl (epi-pens are a whole different discussion).
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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    Quote Originally Posted by alblancher View Post
    You know with 10 acres I would think you could find a place out of the way for your bees.
    Compared to a city lot, 10 acres may sound like a big area, but it is only about 430,000 sq ft. or, if square, an area about 660 (about 2 football fields) ft on each side. If the buildings are close to the center it is hard to get very far from them.
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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    A sting sure would wreck a vacation. I would wonder what kind of clients you are catering too? Outdoors type, or city. Who would really want to vacation with hives of bees?

    Too risky IMO.

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    [QUOTE=Flask;862793I do plan to fence the hives with a 5' game fence with a space around the hives of 10' or so and "Caution: Bees" signs on the fence. [/QUOTE]

    Fences and Signs work great. The Fence keeps the Bee's in and the Sign keeps the kids out.

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    Almost two years back I ordered three packages from RWeaver in Navasota, Texas. Before those bees replaced their queens, they were the most domestic bees imaginable. I could sit beside the hives, some two feet, from their landing board and watch them without even a buzz around my head. They literally would only sting when you started an inspection.

    I have zero advice on liabilities involved, but I would recommend Italian bees with no equivocation.

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    Perhaps a solar fountain closer to the bees would stop your AC potential issue? My bees go to my neighbors fountain daily and he told me but he didn't care I think he welcomed them.

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    Quote Originally Posted by Flask View Post
    Hello all,
    I enjoy your forum very much.

    I own a house and 10 acres on a river in the Texas Hill Country that I rent to vacationers. I am planning to put a couple of hives on this property this spring. My main concern is not getting the guests stung. I plan to put the hives under a few mesquite trees about 100 yards away from the house and about 175 yards from the river. I had been planning on using B Weaver packages, but now after doing more research(defensiveness) I am not so sure. I am not worried about the foraging bees as much as people walking around close to the hive or guest's kids throwing rocks at the hives. I do plan to fence the hives with a 5' game fence with a space around the hives of 10' or so and "Caution: Bees" signs on the fence. I am leaving the boxes unpainted and the growth around the outside of the fence uncut to camouflage the area.

    My questions are:
    Should I try for a gentler bee breed?
    Is there a better arrangement for the fence?
    Will the bees go for the condensate pipe of the AC units on the house being closer than the river?
    Any other ways I can deter quest-bee confrontation?

    Thanks for all responses in advance,
    Flask

    The bees I have LOVE condensate pipe of the AC units........and the Lake is closer



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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    My bees water at the stock ponds in huge numbers. They like the wet soil back a few inches from the pond water. One of my apiaries is close to my ranch house and those bees do not come to the A/C drain water. If there is a small pond nearby, I would bet that is the favorite watering place of the bees.

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    You're in Texas, you're on ten acres, what are you going to do about the snakes and your renters?
    Not trying to be a smart-*****, but sometimes we tend to over-think things. I'd put them out of the way, paint them green to blend in with the surroundings, (unless a shade of brown would be a better color), post a sign. Also you might have a couple of extra veils and sets of gloves handy. By the posted sign put a notice "If you'd like a tour of the hive, contact xxxxx" and who knows? Also, keep some honey for sale.
    Regards,
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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    @StevenG:

    You're correct about the snakes. I probably see a dozen rattlesnakes per year, and yes, I did have one on my front porch about two feet from my front door back in July. I tell all my guests and family members, turn on the porch light before walking out on the porch. It's seldom that anyone is bit by snake in my area, but those rattlers are just about able to "ugly you to death."

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    Default Re: Stings on Rental Property

    Since I've been beekeeping, I've learned a great deal more about people's misconceptions than ever. If you tell them up front (in your literature or web site) you'll turn away potential customers. Then again, that could resolve a lot of issues if you don't have trouble filling the calendar with renters. If you tell them after they arrive, you'll piss off a few for sure. Might be an issue of refunds demanded, etc.

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