so another of my neighbors was complaining that they got stung on their property, by my bees.
through my filter it did sound like bees; it sounded like it was a fresh swarm making an initial descent; from my experience as the swarms are first figuring where they are going they are not necessarily friendly, so I am convinced about stinging and aplis mellifera.
Now when my hives swarm; the initial descent tends to be 10 to 25 feet from the hives on my leland cypress trees. I've seen them go maybe 30 feet from the hive up high in an oak tree.
Where the stinging was described was over 100 feet from my hives, but less than 150 feet; where there were lots of nice trees for them to settle on between me and where the swarm was described. I had some empty nucs in the driveway for repair that the neighbors were trying to blame. I cut my hives down pretty severely in the spring; and they all swarmed already; so a July swarm from my hives is an exceedingly rare event (not zero, but rare). I look for new swarms every morning when I get up and every morning when I leave in the usual spots to find them; and there was nothing
Do we think they were my bees or a feral hive?
If there is a feral hive nearby I would like to find it to get the bees.
Any other words of advice about being a responsible beekeeper?
I have already been migrating things away from my house to a beeyard; but the neighbors are not going to be happy without 100% removal. I realize all of these things; but I want to be responsible. All of my hives are at least 50 to 75 feet from my property lines; I have multiple water sources on the property; and I feed the bees during the mid-summer dearth so they are not bothering the neighbors, I go through the hives frequently to reduce the chances of swarming.
There is about 20 acres of woodland behind my house; the stinging occured east of the hives; when I've seen swarms leave; they usually go west,
I never want to say not me; but when people know you have them; you always get blamed. I moved some nucs that were making queens to a new yard and I was getting calls about my bees swarming, and when I said all the bees were still there; and there was no queen so the swarm couldn't have come from me; I still got skeptical looks.
well advice is appreciated!