Nuisance and honeybee should not be used in the same sentence!
Hmm... pretty sure that putting poison on other peoples hives is going to be illegal and hopefully you get whatever punishment is warranted for that.First, I have no ill will towards honeybees and have lived in harmony with them for years (except ones that moved into our house). I have 2 neighbors that keep bees and they probably have 30 to 40 boxes between them. They live about 200 yards down the road.
My problem started over 3 weeks ago when I setup a pool for our kids. It is a small above ground pool with a saltwater system, but I think my neighbor bees think I set it up just for them. At first it was only a handful and we tried to coexist. Every morning we would find a half dozen or so in the pool an skimmer, but none of the deaths were on our hands.
About a week after there started to be more and more bees and they tended to act slightly more aggressive. The kids wouldn't go near the pool and it was very annoying for my wife and I to skim or vacuum it. At this point we started shooting them with soapy water. We were killing about 50 a day, and while annoying it was manageable.
This week has been terrible. They are all over the pool. We shoot them with soapy water and I have started just knocking them into the pool and sweeping them into the skimmer which holds them down and kills them. Between the 25 to 50 each morning we find that have committed suicide and the hundreds a day we are killing it is getting to be more of a pain than anything. It is unmanageable at times and the pool is unusual.
I don't really want to kill all these bees, but it ridiculous and beyond being just a nuisance. I have informed one of the keepers and will try to get in touch with the other this weekend, but I'm looking for suggestions. If I or they cannot put a stop to this hostile takeover, the Terro Ant Poison is coming out in mass and in a few weeks I'm certain colonies will collapse. I had to use Terro to wipe out a colony 14 years ago that took up residence in our floor joist. Local beekeepers at that time wanted to charge about $400 to collect them and the Boric Acid in the Terro was quite effective on the bees and took less than 2 weeks to wipe the entire hive out.
Will I be able to repel and coexist with the local bees, or do I just need to eradicate the whole lot of them? Killing them one at a time, hundreds a day will never get the job done and is ridiculous. Hoping someone here has a better idea than us just poisoning entire hives with Ant Poison.
Like I said - 'Just trying to be helpful....My problem started over 3 weeks ago when I setup a pool for our kids. It is a small above ground pool with a saltwater system, but I think my neighbor bees think I set it up just for them.