Wild Beehive Built in a Tree
Q: My name is George and I live in Fallcreek. I have just discovered a large wild beehive built in a tree, one of my pine trees. I don’t have any problem with them being there at all and in fact I kind of like it but I thought I’d seek an experts advice on the situation. What’s the life span of a natural hive for instance? Considering the bee die off is there a better way of protecting them? Any information or links to information would be appreciated.
A: Hi George.
If the beehive in your tree isn't bothering anyone I think it's a great idea to leave it. If you have nearby neighbors who are of a nervous disposition it might be better not to mention it to them.
Often with neighbors they have no problem with bees until they know there's a hive on your property, then every bee they see must be 'one of yours'. See the last three paragraphs on this page about siting a beehive. If it's possible to put something between your bee colony and your neighbor, like a hedge or fence to obstruct their view of the bee colony that might help.