Backyard Beekeeping

Pity the authorities have so much rules and regulations regarding keeping of honeybees in urban areas. Totally impractical measures to take in order to comply with by-laws. Everyone should learn basic beekeeping at school, and every household must have a hive on the property. If one know honeybee behaviour, no serious attack may occur. There are just some basic rules : keep them out of reach of pets and small children. Dont manipulate the swarm in the heat of the afternoon. Get a professional beekeeper to remove swarms and/or harvest honey. Dont mow the lawn near the hive, dont wear dark clothing , move slowly , use smoke to calm them if they get agitated. Pipe dreams? Perhaps not. Many an apiarist has a nest tucked away, closely guarded and hidden in the backyard....
ryksteman ryksteman
56-60, M
3 Responses Apr 26, 2012

Thus is it that recent concerns over a significant and mysterious decline in the population of pollinating honeybees (a phenomenon attributed to everything from global warming to insecticides to radiation from cell phone towers, and now thought to be the result of a fungus) have seen a resurgence in repetitions of a quote attributed to Albert Einstein, citations claiming the noted scientist once said "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live." This truly sounds alarming: Bees are disappearing for reasons we can't yet explain, and a certified genius such as Einstein noted long ago that if all the bees disappeared, we'd soon be following them into extinction. If the intent of propagating this quote is to get our attention, it's certainly been working. Did Einstein sagely foresee an environmental crisis we're only just now beginning to notice?

I'm going to be one of them next spring. I'm seeding wildflowers in several areas this fall so that they'll have plenty to keep them busy.

My feelings, exactly. The way honeybees are dying we need more beekeepers.