I'd be interested in any developments with your neighbor and whether he will talk to the lawn maintenance person that was stung. It will be worth it to have the mower's shute pointing away from the hives when close enough to throw debris into the flight path of the bees.
...We don't see things as they are, we see things as WE are...
I moved a couple hives a few weeks ago because my new neighbor's father complained that he got stung when he was mowing, and he actually has bees. No point in arguing about rights here, it's a losing proposition to irritate your neighbors needlessly.
In Indiana it's a felony to disturb or damage a bee hive, and bees are now protected and cannot be exterminated (which means we get more cut-out and trap-out calls than we used to). Don't know what the law is in your state, but I'd sure that damaging other people's property isn't legal.
I would move the bees, at least to the other side of the yard. Aggressive bees need to be re-queened, but first make sure they are not getting robbed or are short on stores, both of which make them cranky. If you can't do either of those, they need to be moved to another property pronto, it's not worth the hassle with neighbors.
Join your local bee club -- likely someone there can and will help you out with this.
By doing any of these, you are not "giving in". In fact, you are setting the stage to be on your side, should this escalate to state inspector and LE.
It is escalated to state inspector and LE - they requested me to put 4ft high barrier so kids and elderly will not go through - I am working on it right now: I am putting barrier using a PVC pipes and will put deer-protective mesh - that's the regulation of my county.
I wish there was a regulation for jerks who are deliberately throwing rocks and blowing dust and cuts towards bees.
The more I learn about bees, the less I know.
I am sorry for confusion, the distance the hives got moved this morning is 25-30 ft at least.
Please look at my post at https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ghlight=moving and let me know what do you think.
When you choose to "follow the letter of the law and not the intent, be ready to lose your battle. It may be perfectly legal for the hives to be located near a property line. It is also perfectly legal for the neighbor to put some poisoned sugar water out on his property. You have already lost if you are relying on the law to be on your side. What you need is to rely on good neighbor relations. Personally, I would talk with the neighbor and see if there are other issues with the bees aside from mowing. If it is just mowing, then I would offer to mow for him, or at the very least coordinate so you can smoke the bees before he mows. One other solution would be to get his mowing schedule and close your hives up the night before and then open them back up after he is done mowing. I have always been concerned about my bees becoming defensive when my neighbor mows, and my hives are at least 50 feet from the property line. I have dealt with some pretty defensive bees previously and will not allow them to stay in my yard when that occurs.
Your bees are infringing on the ability of enjoyment of your neighbors to enjoy their property unimpeded. It is our responsibility to come up with a solution that will avoid that. At this point, you and your neighbor probably have a very poor relationship and it will be all the harder to solve.
You **cannot** move hives 30 feet and not have lost bees go back to the old location. This understanding of bee behavior is fundamental to first year rookie beekeeping.
The lost bees are going to be very aggressive, they will sting on sight.
At this point, one can place a small box with a bit of comb at the old location and collect some of these foragers. They can be transferred to the new hive location bit by bit.
Some of the lost bees will make spiralling circles and find the new location, but others will cluster on the grass at the old location.
In the country, one can move hives aggressively in this manner, but in a dense suburban neighborhood be prepared for a lot of stings, as the bees take out their aggression on anything that moves.
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Just asking out loud here, when does a species no longer become invasive; 100 years, 200 years, 300 years, or when it becomes a part of the local ecological system and becomes part of the landscape?
Horses are not native to the Americas, but are now considered to be part of the tapestry of it, hence the Wild Mustangs Rescue.
Bee management is like a flowing river, persistent and ever changing.
The more I learn about bees, the less I know.
I talked to neighbor today and told him that there is no reason to escalate - there are several options for "peace".
One of main is "NOT TO BLOW dust and cut TOWARDS BEES". - He did understand and said that he will talk to the guy.
I'll update here how it goes.
Mean while I posted a comment about moving the bees. I'll appreciate help in moving.
And lack of reading comprehension is yet another failure of the public school system. I made reference already to being within existing codes and ordinances. If you want to roll over because someone is "not comfortable with that", you have a good time and enjoy being locked in your little "comfort zone cubby". I'll not do so. But then again, I'm an American. I've fought for this country, and I'll be damned if i will sit by idly while it goes down to tube to "comfort zones". Not playing that game.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson
Agree to not compromise neighbors comfort, although their lawn guy is a jerk.
Once I moved bees - It's about 5PM - the flying bees are aggressive.
Please advise what can be done - I have a post on moving forum.
I'll open the doors tomorrow morning and move the box, where some bees are collected now, closer to the hives.
I am very stressed now about bees and about my neighbors.
They are usually aggressive around 4-5-6PM, by now they are usually calm, but not today.