Re: Swarms, cutouts in Fl.
Beekeepers are not the only ones who will lose on this one. What about homeowners who truly cannot afford the $200-$600 quoted to them for bee "removal"--the ones who don't want them killed, don't want pesticides used, or just plain do not have that kind of money? Like the single mom who had serious on the job injuries recently, no income, and 4 colonies in her stilt house (kept splitting) stinging her family; no lawn care at that house! No names given except to say that an earlier poster agreed to help another poster to get those bees removed, no cost to her. I can tell you, she was thanking God for the beekeepers. Or how about another disabled woman who called me for help? Sorry ma'm, law says you gotta pay and have them exterminated. This isn't just about beekeepers.
Last fall I met a "handyman" that wanted to start doing bee removal. I can't help but wonder if he's the idiot that started all this. SW Fla, Lehigh Acres.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder"--
Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King