Unloading a colony of honey bees 

This post follows KimFlottum’s Urban Beekeeping article, posted last August..

OK, you’ve got a start: where to get equipment, groups to join, classes to take, and mentors to hook up with. Now’s the time, before you have bees, to take a long hard look at some of the rest of the things you need to be thinking about.

Now’s the time to make sure where you are is zoned for bees, if some level of registration is required, and any other legal items are taken care of. Finding out later can be expensive, and painful. And will insurance of some kind cover anything that might happen? A neighbor’s dog gets stung and you get sued. Vandals destroy your equipment. And here’s one you can prevent, but I’ll bet you never thought about… when bees leave the hive, they drop their waste as they leave. This material is usually golden brown, sticky, and very, very acidic. It’ll take the paint off cars, stain the siding on a house or clothes on a line. Avoid this certainly, but if caught in the middle of a bee poop battle…who pays to have that car painted? Plus, just having bees may cause your homeowners insurance to be canceled. Find out before you need it.

Oh. What do your neighbors think of your new found activity? Most don’t care a bit, some will be concerned but can be won over, and some will become hysterical and run straight to the local council office demanding your head on a municipal code platter. Find out before those bees arrive anything that won’t work, or needs work when it comes to neighborhood relations.

Bees blend in with the landscape

4/5/2014 8:10:56 AM

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