We are after some advice regarding external lights at night.
We live on the top floor of an apartment building in Sydney.
The property next door has an external light about 6 metres below the hive and the bees are hanging out next to it this morning. They are sitting still on the wall. Not much movement and not sure if they are alive.
In the photo below I have circled the hive in yellow and the external light in orange.
It’s 8:30am and the bees are still there (it’s also still in the shade).
The neighbours haven’t complained yet but I am trying to get on the front foot here.
They have mentioned dead bees on their patios in the past.
Do I need to screen the hive from the neighbours a little better? The bees are next to the edge and maybe if I brought them in from the parapet, and screened with hedges that could help?
It would be great to solve this issue without any major relocation as we don’t really have any other options for locations.
The bees have been in this location since November last year. This is the first time we’ve noticed this. Last night we did turn off another external light (in the location where I took the photo) so I think they’ve found the next closest light! We found a few hundred dead bees inside the light fitting we turned off last night!
For info we did a brood inspection two weeks ago and the hive is very healthy and strong.
Thanks for any advice!