SERIOUS QUESTION for anyone that knows New York ag law. Can an exterminator kill honeybees or not? The ones that call me for swarm removal say NO. But, I need a source and can't find one by simply Googling.
I was in a house yesterday trying to scope an extraction -- the colony is in the ceiling between a first and second floor bedroom. I got the call because the homeowners called an exterminator and he told them to call me.
They had previously paid another guy $375/visit for three visits and he located the colony and sprayed through three holes drilled in the ceiling using Pyrocide 100 oil and Clutter Dust (?) -- this was what he put on the receipt along with "Yellow Jackets." He wasn't confused! He knew they were honeybees because he discussed the situation with the homeowners. (Fortunately, that was last summer and the bees wintered over well and were bringing in a ton of pollen yesterday. They seem as strong as my strongest hives.)
Still, the homeowners want their money back from this guy if they can find a legal reference that says he did a "no no."