Backyard Beekeeping – Backyard beekeepers should not only think about the conditions of their bees, but they should also be concerned about their neighbors. We should be respectful to our neighbors and we don’t want to irritate them in any way with our bees. So here are some good practices to be a thoughtful backyard beekeeper to the neighbors:
Learn whether or not your local and state allows backyard keeping or if there are any limitations and prohibitions if such is allowed. Some rules would usually regulate the number of hives allowed to be in your property and/or the distance of how far away it should be from your neighbors. In most places, there aren’t really any laws restricting backyard beekeeping but it’s always better to make sure to avoid any problems.
Your bees will always be flying in and out of their hives all the time and some bees might end up flying in your neighbor’s home. To avoid that, as much as possible, keep the opening of the hive facing towards your own home. You don’t want your neighbors to have any unwanted bees buzzing around their property.
Bees have a flight pattern and you can alter it in a way that they won’t fly towards your neighbors’ property. As a backyard beekeeper, you can plan it by using your fences, screens, and/or hedges near their hive opening to force the bees to fly in a different direction. They can fly high & steep when taking off and landing.
Bees need water as much as people do for survival. When your bees run out of water, they will resourcefully search for their own water supply and might end up buzzing around your neighbor’s swimming pool or someplace else. Plus, pools in homes usually have chemicals that could harm your bees. It’s better to always have water available for your bees.
This is the most important for backyard beekeepers to keep in mind. Gentle bees are highly preferred especially for neighborhoods with a more crowded population. The gentle bees may attack but they attack only when they find the need to defend themselves and their hive. Aggressive bees are those which start attacking you at the watering hole or start dive bombing your head when you’re on the other side of the yard. Keep aggressive bees away from your family, neighbors, and yourself.
By being a backyard beekeeper, it is also always important to be mindful that the neighbors might have a serious allergy towards bees. You may find some time to educate your neighbors and team up to add more ways to completely keep bees from flying astray in their property.
Some neighbors may even feel intrigued with your beekeeping and might want to even help a bit by planting plants that attract bees. It will be a win-win for you and your neighbors. And of course, don’t forget to share your blessings! Share some of your harvest to your good & close neighbors.