I have hives on rooftops, balconies, patios, carport roofs and nestled in many an urban garden. Often visitors do not even know they are there.
Bees do very well in urban areas but the most important aspect is to position the hive in an area where the bee’s flight path does not come in contact with the public. The flight path is the stream of bees which are constantly coming and going from the hive’s entrance.
Once bees leave the hive they quickly disperse in all directions as they go about their busy business of foraging.
The secret to good hive placement is to provide what the bees require and to also encourage them to get up high into the air quickly. Ahive is best placed so it faces northeast so it enjoys morning sun.
Avoid damp, dark places such as gullies and under large trees. Provide some protection from the prevailing winds. To encourage the bees to fly high, place the hive 3min front of a tall hedge or fence or wall. This will encourage the bees to fly high whenthey leave the hive.
Make sure that whenthey leave the hive they do not pass over neighbours’ clotheslines or parked cars or else they could get splattered in bee poo. This is little drops of hard, sticky, orange stuff.
Finally, provide your ownwater source for your bees as they do require a large amount of water on hot days and they could decide to get that from your neighbour’s pool.