bee story

This is an anecdotal story from a friend and local bee keeper

Hi all local bee-keepers.
I had a not so nice (but very interesting) experience with my bees this morning — right after Smart meters were put in in ever house surrounding me, except mine — I opted out.
Smart meters have just gone in all around me.

I’ve been a bee-keeper for some time. My hive is known by local bee-keepers to be the most docile hive anyone has ever worked with. Two weeks ago, without having to smoke them, I went into the hive, reorganized combs and removed honey from four different combs, and neither I nor the person who was helping me were stung. Yes, they checked us out, landed on us, but no stings.
Today was a very different scenario. The meters went in all around me this morning (I just walked the block after I was attacked to see if it was just one meter or many meters). I counted one to the left, one kitty-corner to the left behind me, one directly behind me, one directly to my side (10 feet from my bedroom — closer to my house than it is to hers). There were two properties for which I could not see the meters, and did not wish to trespass: a second property directly to my right and one kitty-corner to the right. I had previously canvassed each of these houses, spoke to each owner. To a one they had expressed great gratitude for my having come around.
Today, after the meters were put in, as I came near my bee hive (I love watching them bring in pollen and do so every day) I had a new experience. I had gently opened the observation window in the back as I do about twice a month. they literally turned in droves, first marched toward me from under the hive (I’ve seen pictures like that march from killer ants in Africa, but never with bees, especially not my bees). Then as a group they sprang into the air and dive-bombed me. This has never happened. To me this is nature screaming out in alarm about the smart meters.
I’m curious if any of you have anything similar to report. Any ideas of what to do.
I consider this is a direct infringement on my lifestyle, moreover, the bees, being the sensitive ‘canaries’ of our environment that they are, are clearly telling us: STOP, before you kill everyone.

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4 Responses to bee story

  1. limewindow says:

    Very interesting! What exactly are smart meters? Clearly they have disburbed the bees.

    • morgaineotm says:

      smart meters are something the utility companies are installing so they no longer have to manually read the meters. They send out the info on a similar frequency to a cell phone and the utility’s read it on a device as they drive down the street. This will allow them to cut employees as it will take one to drive through the neighborhoods that would take 2 or 3 to do manual reads. One can opt out of having them installed, but most don’t for a variety of reasons. The Utility companies are trying to add surcharges to the bills of those who do choose to not have them installed.

      • limewindow says:

        My goodness – this is obviously the shape of things to come on this side of the world too. Thanks for the explanation. Increasingly difficult for bees sadly.

  2. LuckyRobin says:

    The smart meters affect the electromagnetic frequency that bees use. The utility companies know this. They even have employees talk about how it drives bees away from the area and tout that as a benefit in one article I’ve read. It is similar to how the frequency of sonar the navy uses screws with the whales and dolphins who use sonar to navigate. I’d be an angry bee, too.

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