"Bees are fine in your yard" they said.
"Just give them a bird bath for water" they said.
Well my one year old just got stung when half a dozen bees became very curious about the kiddie pool in our yard. Yes, it's his fault because he grabbed the bee. He was fine, he didn't even cry -- but to my wife it is still "strike one" for the bees. Not good news.
This can't keep happening -- we need to be able to use our yard "regularly" without bee trouble or the bees may have to say goodbye! I need to avoid this. My one year old will learn, but we have plenty of young nieces and nephews that come over and if coming to our yard to play in the water includes a baptism-by-stinging, that's no good!
- The bees have 2 small bird baths they use regularly for water, they love them. They've been using the bee baths for a couple weeks. I keep them filled.
- It's going to be hot for a while
- Our yard is not tiny, but not huge. Typical suburban lot I guess.
I need tips. The situation as I understand it is that the bee baths are close enough to the hives (12 yards or so) so that they go on a "general nearby search" for water when they need it, rather than a long specifically directed flight. This is why when there is water in the yard, they just go to wherever it is, instead of ONLY using the bee baths. I can move the bee baths farther, but it won't be that much farther -- and it would be closer to the kiddie pool.
The only solution I can think of is to remove the bee baths alltogether so they don't think of the yard as a water source. This makes it harder on the girls, but it may just have to be. Maybe I can just wait and see if it happens again -- risking a "strike two"...or not. Sorry for the long text -- thoughts?