Comments On - Safe Urban Beekeeping

This article was very enlighting. I am not afraid of bees although I am alergic and have been stung by honey bees before. I have pulled the stinger out myself so there was no doubt the last time I stepped on one. My leg swelled like an elephant and the doc gave me the shot. Since then I am very careful not to walk barefoot and am still not afraid of them. I would never instill fear in my neighbors or make them uncomfortable by installing hives 25 feet from their covered porch with the entrance to the hive facing their yard. Recent illnesses have weakened my heart and made me consider retirement. I bought a nice little ranch and have been making ready. My neighbor has installed her hives 25 feet from my side porch with the entrance facing my property. What do I do? How can I make her understand that I just want her to move them further away from me. She has put them the furthest corner from her back yard, on the gas-line easement where she cannot put up a fence section to redirect their flight path. I tried to talk to her but I could tell by the inflection of her voice, she does not like me. What do I do? Who can I get to speak to her and just ask her to move them further away from me?
Sandra, Richeyville, PA
Posted: 5/10/2015 4:31:04 PM
Good info.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 4/4/2014 4:39:38 PM
Very interesting
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 8/18/2012 2:39:21 PM
Sounds fun.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/1/2012 11:35:08 PM
z, Perth, WA
Posted: 7/6/2012 4:34:05 PM
I would love to see a series on urban beekeeping that addresses the topic why local city government should change existing laws to allow safe and sane beekeeping. Seems obvious, but what are the facts (e.g. scientific data) that should convince local city officials to change the law?
turbine, whittier, CA
Posted: 6/19/2011 3:12:21 PM
Top Bar Hives tend to house happier bees, and giving honey to neighbors helps them stay happy too.
David, Portland, OR
Posted: 5/11/2011 3:04:25 PM
Safe is cool. Since my neighbor installed bees in his backyard, my fruit trees and my garden have been nearly twice as productive. I've never had a problem with his bees (or anyone else's for that matter) flying into people or stinging or any of the other fears that city folk have. Bees belong in the urban scene.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 1/31/2011 12:14:07 PM
Another method that many urban beekeepers practice to help minimize swarming is to do what is called a "split" in the spring just at or before the swarming period is to begin. Essentially, it is taking half of the colony and putting it into a new hive on it's own to prevent the original hive from swarming un-controlled. It is largely successful if timed right but bees have been known to swarm anyway from time to time.
BigBear, Omaha, NE
Posted: 9/2/2010 6:52:05 PM
Excellent information as I will have visitors to my farm.
Patti, Vincennes, IN
Posted: 6/22/2010 8:03:17 PM
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