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My neighbor has a lot of bees and they fly in our garden and my family is scared of them. How do we adapt to this living situation?

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My neighbor has a lot of bees and they fly in our garden and my family is scared of them. How do we adapt to this living situation?

Normally, I wouldn't care. Not if it were like 20-50 bees but seeing a huge cloud of like 150-300 bees is not a rare occasion in our garden. The neighbor set up the 3 bee nests last year and I saw 3 more this year, so together he has 6. Maybe more that I haven't seen. About a week after setting up the bees, after we realized what he's done, he came up to us to tell us about the bees and told us they're harmless. The thing is that the clouds of bees still make us scared to relax in the yard. Especially after stories of bees killing a dog that my relative told us. Maybe they were different bees, I don't know.

My mom is really allergic and scared of bees. One sting and she has to go to the hospital. That really puts me on the edge and makes me nervous.

We have a cat and he's always playing with flying things, likes to follow them and sometimes hit them with his paw but not catch them in the air. I'm scared one day he will hit a bee or in the worst case scenario catch it and eat it and die or will get attacked by them and die.

Is there anything I could do to lessen this anxiety? Anything I could do to calm my mom and myself down cause saying "they're harmless" doesn't seem to help. I need proof that nothing bad is going to happen to my family. It's just so scary seeing a tree in my garden, near my home, infested with hundreds of bees. What if I step on one by accident? Would it bite me? What if my cat steps on one?

I would appreciate any recommendations and advice on how to deal with this as a non-beekeeper. And please don't make fun of me or my family. We know bee's are good for the environment, our family history and stories just makes us scared of them.

EDIT: I just read the beekeeping rules online and it turns out that he should have 25 meters between our fence and his bees. Right now it's around 3-5 meters. But my other neighbor has it worse – he has 3 bee boxes 1 meter from his fence. Anyways, I really don't want to seem rude or make "enemies" so we're probably not going to say anything and just try to adapt.

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