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  1. #1
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    Default virginia

    I am not a bee keeper but love bees. Today I was at Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio. There were men working on the hike and bike trail along Salado Creek. They had disturbed a bee hive and several men got bitten. They called the city and the city had a man come out to destroy the bees and the hive. I tried to stop him and the workers but didn't know what to do. In the end they suited up and went down to destroy the hive. What should I have done and what can I do to save the bees in San Antonio in the future. I feel just terrible and want to try to save future bees! There is so much ignorance surrounding bees and so many people see them as pests. I hope you can help me with good suggestions. Virginia

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    Default Re: virginia

    They are more likely to listen if you become a beekeeper and join a local beekeeping club or association. If you are known to the fire departments, agricultural extension agents and emergency responders as a beekeeper you will be much more successful.

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    Virginia,
    You live in a hotbed for Africanized Honeybees, chances are even if you object, the nest site will probably be destroyed, it's a real shame but it's true. Most City or County officials won't take a chance if they are located in an area with AHB. Thay are far more aggressive than European Honeybees, therefore are eradicated rather swiftly. I personally believe that if anything is left alone for long enough it will find a balance all on it's own, but I can also understand City officials not wanting a lawsuit on their hands. Like I said, it's a shame, another case of man trying to reach the greener hills and Nature paying the price. Just my opinion, you can take it with a grain of salt. Wish you the best.

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    I don't think I can do that with my work schedule but I can find a local beekeeper to do this. I have already found several sources that will remove bees safely so I will discuss with them a way to have their contact information readily available instead of calling an exterminator.

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    Thanks for your response. The fact that the bees calmed down and were not visible to me makes me wonder if they were Africanized. I am still feeling terrible and somehow responsible for not doing more. I have since found a list of people in the area that can remove bees safely. I just need to know which department of the city I should contact.

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