So I am renovating my backyard to remove all the grass and install a small orchard. Some regrading is needed along with modification of planter walls and whatnot. This was all supposed to be done before the bees arrived, but my contractor has been delayed and here we are with newly-installed bees on the property while heavy earthwork is planned.
The grass under my hive has already been removed, but the work will come within about 10 feet of the hive and will include scraping, hammering, dumping earth nearby, and other loud events and/or vibrations. What would you do with the bees in this case?
Do I cover the hive entrance each morning while they’re still asleep and let them out each afternoon when the problematic work is complete for the day? Do I just leave them be and assume it’ll be fine? Do I move the hive across the yard to a temporary location for a few weeks? Something else? I’m in Los Angeles, where the daytime weather in the next few weeks will be anything between cool and hot.
What would you do?