I live in an area with two known bee hives within a radius of five miles of my rural location. I'm finding black bees in my feeders (clearly not the Italians in those two local hives, or mine) presumably from feral stocks. I don't want to expose my bees to endemic vectors because I'm too lazy to to do something about it.
That is not to mention the dead horse (assumed AFB stings) within twenty miles of my house this Spring.
I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)
"From Europe, the Middle East and Africa."? So, there are no feral honeybees in the US currently?
"I am finding black bees in my feeders presumably from feral stocks." Could it be that you have some robbing going on? Bees that rob become slick and black looking. Maybe they aren't black bees at all.
Bees that rob bring diseases home w/ them, they are not a substantial vector of diseases such as AFB and Nosema.
"(assumed AFB stings)" Is this a reference to a case of AFB found in a colony 20 miles away from you? Seriously, this is a real concern to you, a case of AFB 20 miles away? It should not be.
Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."
By the way I do not think seeding bees anywhere is a good idea and intentionally letting them go into the wild is not going to get the results anyone is looking for. I can see a lot of death and agony by the bees that are let go by man. They are much better if we (beekeepers) maintain them with better practices. Just my opinion.
If you are looking to spend the extra money you have or just wanting to throw out your bees, pm me and I will give you my address and will take all the money and bees you can send.
Experience is better than theory.
Rick....I am kinda like you. I actually got into this because there are NO bees in my neck of the woods....Literally. I have more than 10 miles of state land behind me that borders the next state. Unbuildable land. I have lived here for more than 10 years, we have huge gardens and only other pollinators, but no honey bees. So my plan is to simply let my hives grow split and swarm. With ya.
Better to ask forgiveness than permission.