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  1. #1
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    Aug 2010
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    raleigh, NC
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    Default appeasing the neighbors

    I've had bees for several years; my neighbor decided to set up what looks like a box garden in his driveway; and bees are either being drawn to that or his garbage. Now I know the only thing I can do is set up a water source between my hives and his stuff; I have open water sources on my property but not in that area, and its an easy fix, but reality is that its not going to completely solve the problem because ten bees is likely a problem and they are always YOUR bees. I also seen him spraying his stuff to kill the bees on his property. I am also at least fifty feet off the property line and I am sure their are feral bees in the woods behind his house too (i've lost swarms and they ve gone somewhere). any suggestions from urban farmers? There are no legal issues; just want to get along and be left alone.

  2. #2
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    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: appeasing the neighbors

    Sounds like a neigborly education is in order. Bring a pint of your honey with you.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2011
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    Slidell, LA, USA
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    Default Re: appeasing the neighbors

    It always surprises me how little understanding people have of honeybees. Of all the things that can be a problem in a garden, stinging caterpillars, wasps, yellow jackets, red ants and any number of other insects that bite, sting and impale, people always blame the honeybees.

  4. #4
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    Portland, Oregon
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    Default Re: appeasing the neighbors

    Some people have a reasonable fear of bees - perhaps they've had an uncomfortable reactio to a wasp sting and don't know bees are different, for example.

    Others have an unreasonable fear.

    Sometimes those in the first group can be educated.
    I have, for example, demonstrated that bees aren't out to get to people in the first group in th epast by laying my bare hand on the tops of frames and letting bees cover it.

    When they see that I'm not stung, they often 'get it'.
    (Note to the fearful - I'm not stupid, they wore proper gear)

    The second group you're not likely to persuade.

    Just being friendly and talking to your neighbor often is all it takes to keep good relations, though.

    Often it results in the neghbor actively helping:
    When I first started beekeeping I rented and couldn't keep bees at home.

    When the folks next door found I was keeping my hives several miles away, they invited me to put them on their property right next door.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: appeasing the neighbors

    Definitely go and talk to your neighbor. A gift of honey doesn't always help but it cant hurt either. I had a situation where I was living in an urban area and brought honey over to my neighbors as a gift. When they asked "what is the honey for", I told them its appreciation for being good neighbors with 3 beehives in the back yard. Well they took the honey and the man of the house came over screaming at me later that day about how he hates bees and shortly called the police to come over.

    However its good to know where you stand with your neighbor, so go talk to them.

  6. #6
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    Greenville, TX, USA
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    Default Re: appeasing the neighbors

    I had a neighbor chat recently when I sowed my 10 acres in crimson and ball clover for spring. She asked about why and told her it was for bees and to improve the soil. She got all worried about the bees I was going to bring in. Then I told her the bees had been on the property for 10 years. That kind of killed the conversation.

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