Last spring, Robb and I set up a beehive at our friend Allie's house. She provided space in her beautiful garden, and we gave her bees and a hive. We'd stop by from time to time to hang out and tend the bees.
This seemed like a perfect arrangement.
Until yesterday, when someone came into Allie's yard, and sprayed insecticide all over her hive, killing thousands of bees. Given that Allie has a six-foot-tall fence, it's clear that the culprit was not some random by-passer. The person who killed Allie's bees must have been an immediate neighbor, who could see the hive from a second-floor window.
If this neighbor had an issue with Allie keeping bees, they could have spoken to her. They could have called someone from Animal Control. Instead they chose a "solution" that was both sneaky and cowardly. This makes me crazy. I feel terrible for Allie, because this will surely sour her relations with her neighbors.
Imagine if Allie had a dog that the neighbor was afraid of. Would the neighbor be justified in sneaking into Allie's yard, and shooting her dog?
I'll be going over to Allie's house after work to see if anything can be done to save the remaining bees.
Sometime I really hate humans.