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Old 18th March 2012, 13:03   #1 (permalink)
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Problem Bees

We live in a very rural area and have never had problems before with the bee hives that are all around us. This year however, about 100 hives have been put in the neighbouring field but so close to our house that we are getting stung every day.

We are well used to the bees and appreciate that they are necessary for pollination - we love to see them in our garden. The problem this year seems to be that the bees are so close to us, that they go into attack mode to protect their hives and we only have to go out into the garden to get stung repeatedly.

We have asked the beekeeper several times if he can move the hives further away down the field but to no avail. Does anybody know whether there is some kind of legal distance that the hives should be placed away from houses?
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Old 18th March 2012, 13:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Problem Bees

Taking that this is happening in Dorset and not Turkey or anywhere else.

first start the recordkeeping - photos of the hives, distance to you property, when you asked owner to move, when you get stung etc.

Tell the owner his/her bees are being a nuisance and you are being stung. Ask him if he has insurance for his bees.

Inform the local council that you have nuisance problem with neighbours bees. Try to get them out on a warm sunny day.

Try to observe the flight of the bees back to the hives - get a number of people to do it.

Warn the owner that you are ready to seek legal assitance to protect you and family.

It they are still there ask soliciter to send letter


These are possible things to try. A good beekeeper should try to avoid upsetting the neighbours with his bees

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The beekeeper can't move them further down the field as they will fly back to the original spot. the rule in beekeepeing is you have to move the hives less than 3 feet or more than 3 miles

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Re: Problem Bees

I think the problem is here in Turkey. When we lived in Orhaniye we were always told that bee hives were not allowed to be kept within so many metres of homes.

Worth checking with the Belediye or Zabita.
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Re: Problem Bees

This happened to us in Turkey and we contacted the jandarmes. It's illegal to put bee hives next to a house.

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Re: Problem Bees

Keep a small smoky fire on the go. The bees will keep a wide berth.

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Thanks everyone. We'll get the bonfire going again today but I fear we will end up having to go to the Zabita or Jandarmes.
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Re: Problem Bees

The problem with bees is that they are methodical ... to a fault. If their flightpath crosses your property and there is no barrier they will fly at low level and anything they bump into that is not usually there (You IOW) is seen as something to be 'investigated' ... or shifted.

If you placed a barrier along the line of your property and between the hives, those plastic holed screens that workmen use are great for this, then the bees exiting the hive will be forced to fly at a higher altitude when crossing your property or returning to the hive and will not bother you. You can stand behind or next to a working hive and the bees (usually) will not take a blind bit of notice of you. There are exceptions ... 'vicious bees' This is a genetic trait and can only be bred out by 're-queening'

Bees can also be made vicious by their handling. Moving bees on an industrial scale does not tend to imbue their handlers with any degree of gentleness ... the bees don't like this and react accordingly.

As an earlier poster stated: 3' or 3 miles are the limits for shifting hives.
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