Whenever I hear about beehive vandalism, I think of teenage boys. Vandalism is what happens when a pea-sized brain is soaked in a jug of testosterone. The destruction is usually accomplished by toppling the hive with a powerful push or pelting the hive with rocks or snowballs—whatever is easily to hand. It is opportunistic. They […] Read more
Beekeeper vs neighbor stories abound, but this is the best yet. It was sent in by “John” attached to the post “Thy neighbors’ bees.” I’m presenting it here because it’s too funny to be buried in the comments section. I have one better. I queried my neighbors about starting a hive. Most were receptive, except […] Read more
Whenever Seattle undercover beepeeker Tracey Bryne points her camera, she turns up fascinating sights. Today, she sent photos of her neighbors’ bee hive. She explains: “For the past couple years, they’ve had bees move into their empty hive in the spring. This year, the swarm came, settled, flew in and out of the hive, and […] Read more
Message: I love my neighbor….BUT I hate the honey bees that FLY all over our farm/yard/pool/kids and play yard!! My little grandchildren are scared of them. How can I deter the bees without insulting my nice neighbor?? Frustrated! Dear Frustrated, I know this is not the answer you were looking for, but I offer it […] Read more
You don’t have to keep bees for long—no more than fifteen minutes or so—before you start hearing the allergy stories. It seems that one out of every two people you meet is either deathly allergic to bee stings or has a (choose all that apply) sibling, spouse, partner, parent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or child who […] Read more
For those of you following this story, the controversy continues: Honey bee hive stirs up hornet’s nest of controversy on signal.
My recent post about a beekeeper with neighbor problems generated a lot of mail about beehive placement in urban and suburban areas. With few exceptions, the mail was in favor of keeping bees out of sight and out of mind. As I see it, there are two ways to handle the beehive/neighbor problem. Either you […] Read more