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  1. #1
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    Default How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left over

    For those of you that charge for swarm removal or cutouts, how much do you charge?
    what do you do about the ones that come back that were foraging and did not make it into your swarm trip. Do you go back and get a quart jar size of bees or do you just tell the customer they will day in a few days or go back to their old hive?

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    be carefull charging for removing swarms. you MUST have insurance. because you are charging you are representing yourself as a professional. and could be held liable for any damage including stings to bystanders, or other misshaps associated with the bee removal.

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    Be careful about blanket statements. I know of NO such insurance requirements in either state I've done removals/cutouts in (TN and AL).

    OP: For swarms, I generally do not charge IF it is very local. If in another county, I'll likely ask for some donation to help pay for gas, etc. - maybe $20. For cutouts, I always charge. Cutouts are a lot of work and you need to know what you are doing, so there is a certain skill level.

    -js

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    Ramdino,
    There has been many discussions recently about this very subject. Try a search. I remember there was A LOT of info in those threads.

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    minimum of $250.00 for a cut out, that's if it's close to home and a really simple cutout with no repairs.
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    I charge $50/hr for cutout, and swarms are free.

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    Quote Originally Posted by dixiebooks View Post
    Be careful about blanket statements. I know of NO such insurance requirements in either state I've done removals/cutouts in (TN and AL).


    -js
    Dixiebooks, I never said it was a requirement. in fact I do not know any state that requires it. It is a simple mater of common sense. We live in an extremely litigious society. Just listen to the television. HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT???
    When you have to give an attorney tens of thousands of dollars to defend against a law suit. Or your life’s savings, home, and retirement are gone because some liberal based jury awards the victim of a bee sting $500,000.00. Because Tom Slick lawyer convinced them you were being paid for your services and as a
    Paid professional you should have foreseen the possible problems and safeguarded against it.
    They wont even have my blanked common sense to cover up with.

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    Tenbears is right.

    Anyone who works on someone else's property should have some kind of liability coverage. It just makes sense. A lot of things can happen that would leave a person owing for repairs, Dr. bills, or litigation, etc. It is simply a wise and prudent thing to do. Talk to an insurance rep and see what coverage they have. It is probably very affordable.
    No one famous.

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    Well, have insurance, OR have a release of liability form that EVERY customer (and any curious bystanders who don't want to keep a safe enough distance) signs before you start any work. ...just for good measure, you might want to consult with a lawyer who's licensed in your state to make sure your release paper covers you well...better to pay a lawyer $75 to check your contract, than $7,500 to defend you after it's too late.


    P.S. As of this swarm season, I've raised my minimum charge for a cut-out to $250; swarms I still only charge gas money for, though.

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    Default Re: How much do you charge for swarm removal if you do and what about the one's left

    Ramdino,

    For swarms that have just initiated in a structure, I charge
    at least 300.00 I can get in and out real fast with these
    small colonies. I do not accept difficult removals.

    With the stray bees, I vac up as many as possible and go.
    If I live near by I will come back at night and get the swarm bucket or hive.
    OR I may do removals in the evening and leave at dusk when I get most of the bees.
    I tell the homeowner that the bees will disperse in a few days, or they can
    come out after dark and kill the remainders with soapy water.

    Best Wishes,
    Joe Waggle
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