...before my family insist I get rid of my bees! I've posted before that my bees are a little aggressive. I have three hives which I've had for about 2 months now. Problem is they seem to attack if you get anywhere near the hive. And by near I mean even 15ft (one time I was a good 50ft away, and yes it was a bee and not a wasp) away. I have been stung 4 times in the last month or so, always when I'm in the garden minding my own business, not when I'm opening up the hives (obviously I wear protective clothing then). Luckily it has been only me so far, but my family are getting edgy! I believe that at least one of the hives are queenless, and suspect this could be the problem, but I really don't have the experience to say one way or the other. I haven't see a queen in any of the hives, although I have seen brood in two of them. I'm trying to find an experienced beek to help me out, but no luck so far. I have a large garden, but because of a lot of trees, the only place I found suitable for them is facing into the garden. This has made a large part of the garden a no-go zone (it does depend, some-days they are more excited than others.) Other places would seem to be better (i.e. more out of the way), but most have full shade almost all day. The ideal place for them (behind a load of bushes, facing away from the garden) is 27 feet away from a vineyard. I know for a fact that they use pesticides, so am sure that's a no go. I know the farmers, so can get a heads up the day before they treat. Can I put them there, and then just close up shop on the day the farmers treat their vines? That would solve the problem in one fell swoop. I'd also like it if they didn't attack anything that moves (or specifically me!) I have a hand the size of a football and another sting (two different incidents) on my arm. Even if I am queenless, I just can't find anybody to buy a queen from. The nearest is almost a 1000 miles away and they don't ship, I got to go! (I'm in Rural France) I'm sure there must be closer, but they're not on the internet if there are! I need advice. All books and articles say bees are gentle unless under threat. My experience so far has been they are not that gentle even when there's no one near.