Questions for Bee People!

I hate bees. I know they have a significant importance to our environment, but I wish they would take their vital business somewhere besides my little farm.  Perhaps I don’t understand their existence, maybe if I knew more about them, accepting them wouldn’t be so hard impossible. Today it’s expected to reach 114 degrees, and the bees have taken over the water sources provided for the rabbits, wild birds and chickens.

I’ve scoured the farm searching for the hive, looking up, down and under every shed, barn, tree, even the house… nothing. I don’t know anything about bees, except that they sting, and I’m allergic to them. As far as I’m concerned that’s enough to brand them as the enemy. In their defense, I have to admit these bees aren’t aggressive,  they don’t seem to mind my presence at all.  However, the birds, rabbits, and even the dogs won’t go near the water receptacles when there’s a ton of bees around the rim.

My Questions:

• Where are they coming from?
• Why all the sudden, and what if anything can I do to discourage them?
• If I do find the hive, how do I locate somebody in Phoenix who can remove and relocate the hive?

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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2 Responses to Questions for Bee People!

  1. lizard100 says:

    Okay. I’ll see if I can help.

    Here’s your questions.

    Where are they coming from?
    Bees fly around 6km (4.5 miles) in their foraging. If your farm is attractive then they may travel a long way.
    • Why all the sudden, and what if anything can I do to discourage them?
    It all depends what else is around. Unfortunately you’ll be unlikely to put them off unless something else attracts them elsewhere. What crops do you have in flower just now.
    • If I do find the hive, how do I locate somebody in Phoenix who can remove and relocate the hive?
    That one I don’ t know. As I’m not in the us. But if you call the local police station they may have a number of a beekeeper.

    Now a couple of things that might help.
    To get them away from your water sources you could create bee friendly water sources. So give them pebble filled buckets that they land on easily. Maybe put these on the boundaries away from your main live stock. But you could also contact the American bee keeping association. Is the water near flowers too. There is an Arizona bee keeper association hot line +1 6029102000
    Hope this helps. : )

    • tbnranch says:

      This was extremely helpful, thank you for the extensive advice! I heard about offering them an alternative water source, that is what I’m doing first! There aren’t any flowers here, too hot for them.lol

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