Re: Neighbor Issues
Media has fed an irrational fear of honey bees. I don't have the answers but will share some things that have worked for me over the years, not in any particular order below. As all things in life, you are going to have to make your own way on this, you will figure out what to do....You may even make some mistakes.
- While a neighbor is apprehensive of the bee at our feet or in their bird bath, reaching down and picking it up then letting it crawl on my hand usually changes the topic of conversation to how bees are not aggressive while foraging.
- Is it possible for you to mow the weeds that draw the bees? If you keep the weeds from making seeds (by mowing) they won't be there next year if they are annuals.
- I have sprayed my neighbor's grass when he was not home.....
- Would your gardener neighbor have a spot that would ameliorate the situation, even a little bit?
- Education is what your neighbor needs. I brought my neighbor kids over to my new apiary and showed them the hives, how they are assembled and talked about bees as long as they were interested to listen (their mother is a regular complainer about the bees).
- That exposure has satisfied their curiosity and I don't see the kids around the hives, ever.
- Sometimes I explain that there was a robust bee presence in the neighborhood long before the arrival of my bees.
- At a bee club meeting I learned that there are nine hives a half mile away, now, every neighbor I have knows about those nine hives.
- Some members here have built tall fences around their hives to keep the flight path as high as practical.
- Honey is a peace maker!
I was lucky, and my neighbor paid $250 for two NUCs to live in my hives. He wants pollinators for his garden.
I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)