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    Default Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Is there a Federal law concerning the destruction of honeybees or does each State have their own? OR or are there no laws at all?

    (Not looking to destroy any, was just wondering as I would like to post an ad in the paper for people who saw swarms to call me not kill them and would like to state in that ad that the killing of honeybees is illegal if it was in fact illegal.)

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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Larry, don't you think we all kill honeybees in the process of being a beekeeper?
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    No there is no Federal law about killing bees. And it is very unlikely that there is a SC law making killing bees illegal.
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    don't you think we all kill honeybees in the process of being a beekeeper?
    True, but that's not what I was referring to .......It was my intention to address non-beekeepers possibly killing swarms.
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    It was my intention to address non-beekeepers possibly killing swarms.
    Maybe, but you can't make a law that doesn't effect everyone in most cases. What if you try to save the swarm and it ends up dead? If you want to exclude a group of people than you would have to have some form of licensing or registration / certification which still would not stop exterminators from eliminating "pests".
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Ace, you're reading way too much in this.........
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Don't know about laws, but just add into your ad that killing honeybees is destroying part of agriculture and spraying them might result in a comical swarm of bees coming after you. Should work for most people.

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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    -snip- If you want to exclude a group of people than you would have to have some form of licensing or registration / certification which still would not stop exterminators from eliminating "pests".
    It happened in Florida as Ace points out.
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    It's a common perception; when doing removals people often say they've heard it's illegal, they're protected, etc. I have never been able to find any legislation to that effect; the only organizations that would have jurisdiction over non-managed critters is Division of Wildlife or whatever it's called in your state and they don't take a position. So "no" is the answer as far as I can tell. Closest thing would be rules about pesticide application by anyone other than a property owner without a pest-app license, but if you're using soapy water for example no rules.
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    In Indiana it is illegal to molest hives, but there is nothing in the law about swarms or unhived bees. It is also illegal to have non-removable frame hives.

    Most people around here seem to be concerned that bees are in short supply and they would rather someone came and got them than have to kill them, even if they are seriously allergic.

    I neglect to charge for catching swarms as I want the bees. Have not done any cut-outs or trap-outs, that's another issue and I'm not really prepared to do that.

    I suspect swarms would be considered a nuisance or hazard, and therefore can be destroyed at will in most states.

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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    What if its you're states official insect?
    Ours is a dogface butterfly in CA
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    Quote Originally Posted by KQ6AR View Post
    What if its you're states official insect?
    Ours is a dogface butterfly in CA
    Ours is the mosquito !!
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    When I was I kid, I was told they it was a federal offense to kill a praying mantis...been on they lam since

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    In Ohio, Democrats were proposing the Blue Racer snake as the state reptile. Republicans added an amendment to declare the garden hoe as state tool.
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    It is illegal for exterminators to kill honey bees. This I heard from a exterminator here in Illinois.
    That is why I get calls from homeowners to do cutouts in their homes!

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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    tedw200 i do pest control for a living and it is not illegal. Most pest control companies have no clue. Most people as you can see have no clue. It is not illegal but of course we all do our best to avoid it.

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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    You're in two different states, things could be different.
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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    things arent different

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    Default Re: Is it illegal to kill honeybees?

    The State of Florida Bee Advisory Board considered this for a long time. Because of the AHB issues, they advised to go to the extreme of making it ILLEGAL TO NOT KILL swarms/ wild bees. There may or may not be people I know (including PCO's) that are still trying to save what they can.

    All we can do is hope that people's mentality heightens upward from the "lowest common denominator" state. Not gonna hold my breath

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