Bee Hives: Hobbyists in your Building

I was reading some blogs about what strata councils do about habits and hobbies of neighbours in certain buildings, and I came across an interesting article about a man with tending honey bees as his interest. If you were to complain about your neighbour doing this for fun, what could the strata do for you?

Unfortunately, most stratas aren’t allowed to do much if your neighbour is following the rules correctly. Unless if you learn to love your new furry friends, your strata would have a hard time finding a professional to take care of the hive, so long as the hive is at a certain size and is 10 feet off the ground.

Before we go into how this particular strata got to remove the hive, here are some tips on how to not disrupt the busy workers if bees are becoming a real concern for your family:

Keep your picnic and garbage to yourself.

Bees are animals with natural instincts, whose sole survival is based off of tracking the scent of anything that might please their Queen. If you’re worried about these bees coming over for a visit, keep your patio clean. Don’t leave scraps of food around. Compost them before the bees do!

Stay calm, don’t be twitchy.

If the bees see you as a potential threat, being all twitchy and frantic as some people are around stingy things, these bees will prepare for defence! Stay calm and keep your cool. Bees are generally harmless anyway. They don’t want to attack you unless if you’re presenting yourself as someone who will squish them when the opportunity arises.

Don’t pretend to be a flower.

Lay off the floral perfume! FACTOID: The EPA tested fragrances for chemicals in 1991, and found a list of toxic perfume chemicals such as acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool and methylene chloride. I don’t know about you, but none of these sound like spa treatments! If you smell a flower, these bees might think you are one and want to say hello. If you want to keep your distance from the bees, stop teasing them.

Now for the grand revealing:

The particular hive in question was removed in the end by two beekeepers who were referred to the strata council by a contractor who had recently finished doing some work in the building. The process took about four hours and involved moving the bees into transfer hives. Isolating the Queen was key to ensuring the best chance that the bees do not come back, although there is no guarantee of this. Our strata manager tried to locate a pest company to spray the empty hive, with the idea that doing so would discourage return of the bees, but was told they could not do so and further was advised there was no preventative spray.

The strata council opted to proceed with the permanent sealing and repair of the affected area in an effort to deter the bees from returning. This problem stretched for nearly a month.

“I know more about honey bees than I ever thought I would need to,” said the strata manager.

If this sounds like you, good luck. Removing a hive will require a lot of patience, because these bees are fragile and are key players of sustaining our natural environment. Nonetheless, keep the faith up! Your strata will definitely find the right people to do the  job right. 






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