General Tips On Backyard Beekeeping
Although there has been a widespread phobia of bees due to the various, and sometimes
misleading, bee representations in the media, beekeeping is increasingly becoming popular. There are beekeepers who
keep plenty of beehives in an apiary, while many others keep theirs in their suburban backyard.
Backyard beekeeping sounds a splendid idea, but it is not always easy. If you grow an interest in backyard
beekeeping, the first thing you should take note of is the existing laws and local ordinances. A few cities impose
bans on beekeeping, while others enforce certain restrictions on, for instance, the number of hives. As a
beekeeper, your first responsibility is to know the regulations in your area, and it follows that you comply with
each of them.
One reason there are regulations is to protect the entire neighborhood. Some people, in the first place, get
frenzied by the thought of living with bees close by. They are afraid of stings to begin with, and it always
troubles them to see bees hovering over their yard. Be considerate of your neighbors and give them their peace by
ensuring them that no bees are going to lounge around their property. You can do this by setting up a solid fence
at least six feet high. This way, you are keeping the bees flight path above peoples head, therefore avoiding
bee-and-neighbor collisions. Fence keeps the beehives from your neighbors sight and eliminates the tension.
Place a good supply of water. You have to keep in mind that bees collect water, especially during the dry
season, and if they don't find a source of water in your property, they tend to travel to your neighbor's yard. You
may send your neighbors into great hysterics if they find bees drinking from their pool, pond, or any available
water bowl. To keep the bees in your property, fill some containers with water and settle them in strategic
locations within your place. Put floating objects, such as plants and wood chips, in the containers to prevent bees
You have to locate the best beehive site. Because bees tend to be agitated by some external factors, place the
beehives in a relatively secure area that provides partial shade and protects them from winds. As a good beekeeper,
you have to make sure that your place of choice is far from any public place such as schools and parks.
To help you start with backyard beekeeping, you can consult local beekeepers and reading materials. As with
anything, first submerge yourself with information before you get your hands on bees, literally and