Re: Bee swarm/removal calls, what do you ask/tell?
The first thing I ask the customer is:
Has anyone sprayed or messed with the swarm.
How high and location of swarm.
How big is it using familiar objects.
Is it near pedestrian traffic?
How long has it been there?
The last thing the customer asks is " how much do you charge?", when I say free they almost stutter because everyone else is asking for $50. I dont charge for swarms just on the basic principle that I love catching swarms and I get to educate people on bees while I do it. Infact, a lot of the people end up giving me either $20 or food or drinks. Ya, gas aint cheap, but neither is a package of bees! And I have also made a lot of friends and locations for swarm traps for next year and also customers for my honey.
I also normally dont do cut outs, but this year I have done two just because I have a soft spot for young couples with kids, as I am in the same boat, so I removed them for free. I have turned down MANY more cut out opportunities because I dont have the time or inclination to go digging into any walls, and I am tired of hearing " I think $300 is a bit to much, dont ya?" ...............then do it yourself people!!!
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