Adding bees to your home may sound dangerous, especially if you already have other animals. Will your beloved puppy be able to welcome your newly-added bees that are capable of the painful and dreaded bee sting? Fortunately, your animals and your bees will be able to live together in harmony when you create a safe environment with each of them in mind. This article provides you with several simple tips to follow in order to keep your bees and animals together safely and to prepare you for the possibility of a bee attack on your animals. Not only will your animals appreciate it, but it’ll make your life easier as you become a capable beekeeper.
Bees and Dogs
Dogs are occasionally seen jumping and attacking insects, which may seem alarming or dangerous. However, they learn quickly after their first sting not to do so in the future. Nevertheless, It’s important to look out for two key things if you own a dog at home.
Firstly, make sure your dog is not leashed down as it is important for it to be able to escape from aggressive attacks from your bees. You don’t want to allow your dog to be susceptible to a major bee attack and be trapped in it. If your dog has to be leashed down, consider moving it indoors for its safety. This puts sufficient space between the dogs and bees and the physical barrier also prevents them from coming close to each other.
Secondly, there may be a chance for your dog to be allergic to bees. Consult your local veterinarian to do an allergy test for your dog so you’ll be able to be prepared before it is stung. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you have a dog that is indeed allergic to bee stings, take extreme precautions to ensure no accidents occur. To do so, you can use insect bee repellents or even apply essential oils for your dog. If your dog is unfortunately stung, you may apply a cold compress on the affected area to reduce the swelling.
If your dog has a swell in its face, tongue or neck after being stung, it may have a severe bee allergy and you should bring it to the vet immediately. Other symptoms also include difficulty in breathing, anaphylactic shock, even passing out and collapsing. Most animals with bee allergy have the same symptoms so do keep a lookout and act fast if you see anyone with these symptoms.
Bees with Cattle and Horses
Horses and cattle already deal with many annoying bugs such as horseflies and mosquitos. Luckily, bees are generally uninterested in livestock. Nevertheless, there may be times where your horses and cattle may be the subject of your bees’ misdirected target. Your horse will be able to escape an attack as long as there is room to run away.
Horses also do have their own defense mechanism to cope with pests. Their tails act as fly swatters, which will be able to deter a small number of pests at one time. Hence, it is important to keep the tails of your livestock in the natural state of rest, not docked. Similarly, you could also prevent bees from attacking them by using repellents or essential oils.
Bees with Chicken
A common misconception is that chickens will eat your bees, and enjoy them. In reality, chickens do not actually care much about bees as they are more interested in other attractive food, such as mosquito eggs and grubs. Surprisingly, bees and chickens live together in harmony. Bees and chickens do not often pay much attention to each other. In the case where your chickens decide to look for the golden sweet treasure within the honeycombs, the chickens will be stung on areas uncovered by feathers. Chickens can also heal from a bee sting without much intervention and keep a safe distance from the hives after the incident.
3 Steps to Keep Your Bees Safe
The first tip to follow is to always give your bees sufficient space. It is definitely wise to make sure your bees are far away from your living space to protect your loved ones in your family, especially your youngest child who may become scared of bees due to being stung. This also helps you reduce any unwanted interactions between your pets and bees.
Keeping plenty of space between your pets and bees makes it easier for your pets to avoid the beehive. You can also choose to teach your dog to stay away from them.
Secondly, never confine your pets near bees, be it by having it leashed down, caged or fenced up. This is an ultimate deal breaker when raising pets together with bees. No matter how compatible your pets are with bees, there will always be a possibility for misdirected anger. Another animal can disturb a buzzing nest, only for the bees to look towards a nearby puppy for an act of mistaken revenge on the wrong target.
Don’t let your dog be a sitting duck by preventing it from escaping. If you don’t have a lot of space, try to house your bees in a secluded area far from your fenced animals or fence the bees up. If your pets are unable to escape from the aggression of your bees, they may be trapped in a tormenting experience or perhaps die from a bee allergy by the time you realize it.
Thirdly, consider fencing up your beehive. This helps a lot if your chickens are often a curious bunch and may disturb a hive. A barrier can prevent them and other animals from the danger of the bees’ aggression and keep both the bees and animals safe.
One fact about bees is that they don’t usually get agitated unless they feel that something is threatening their hive. This fact is congruent with the Africanized bees as well. Hence, by fencing your beehive up you will be able to protect your animals, family as well as innocent bystanders.
The best method to prevent any misunderstandings from happening is to give your bees sufficient space. So, fence up the beehive with some sturdy material to prevent curious or gutsy animals from putting everyone nearby at risk by trespassing their territory.