Ok, I have this neighbor who went under my carport and into my backyard one day (about 3 yrs ago), you have to open a gate to do so. The very next day I had some stuff missing, but didn't acuse him, but became suspicious.
Before this incident we were on friendly talking terms and albeit I thought he was very forward and somewhat odd, I put up with his unusual ways.
It seems he made a habit of entering other people's yards as well but all knew him and didn't think anything of it either.
One day he asks me what I was going to do with my fountain, which was at the rear left of my back patio, which you could not see unless you had trespassed onto my property.
I told him he could have it for $50.00 if he liked, I wasn't using it and wasn't going to, but he had to wait for a break in my schedule, for my nephew and I to get it to him.
He grew impatient after a couple of weeks and said he didn't want it anymore, when I walked over and told him we could bring it over now (it weighed about 150 lbs dry)
Ok, I said, but it is yours if you want it, and because you seem upset you haven't gotten it sooner, I'll just give it to you, well, he couldn't resist, so we wheeled it over.
Would you know that after I gave him the fountain he became a complete pain in the a$$!
He asked me one day if I was missing some bees, cause they were going to his "free" fountain.
Longer story short, he gets a bigger fountain and pond and the bees like that even better.
Last week we talked and I agreed that I would try and create a large water source to compete with his pond set up, then I decide that I will just move them to my main beeyard to resolve the issue since there really is no guarentee they would not continue visiting his set up.
So, I had been in touch and filled them (he and his wife) in on my plan of action and this Monday, a small swarm showed up in a tree next to his house, and I go over and shake them in a box.
We spoke again, and I asured them that I had ordered a hive carrier and the bees were going, prob Friday.
Thursday, he called code enforcement and a guy (from code enforcement) who used to keep bees comes out, then animal control.
I fill them in on the saga. Animal control says cool, I'm outta here, ya'll got it covered.
Code enforcement says if you want to keep them get your closest neighbors to sign a consent, cause I was legal as for as the grouchy neighbor went, I am more than 200' from their house.
I decided I was moving them anyway, which I did, for the most part, still have a few on the back patio, like the speaker box bees and some in a tupperware container, but those need to be transferred anyway, so looks like I'll be doing some babysitting of a few hives at the house, but nothing really more than that.
Oh, and the neighbor was mad that I put a lock on my gate leading to my back patio after I saw him enteing and leaving, go figure!