When I started beekeeping, I placed my hives far away from where I NEED to mow. At least, I thought it was far enough. I occasionally don my beesuit and mow right up next to the hives to keep the grass short. Yes, they get upset, but its one pass and Im done. I never have to put on my beesuit to mow my regular yard, as it is at least 200-300 feet away.
Well, this weekend, I started mowing my grass and out of the blue I got about 3 stings almost simultaneously before realizing what was going on. I jumped off the mower and headed for the house still swatting them away. Only upon killing one did I realize it was honeybees. There were probably about 20-30 bees around the still running lawnmower.
Now, this is a problem. I have never to date had them attack me or the mower 300 feet away, but boy were they pissed. I have not used my mower in three weeks and I did not mow near them. I put my suit on and kept mowing, even within a couple hundred feet, they would follow and sting my gloves.
What in the world has changed? It is a very abrupt and disappointing change in their behavior and im not even sure which hive it is. Is it because its fall in Texas or something?