Re: Help-Bee Problem: Is it illegal to spray and kill nuisance bees in NYS?
Jim, leaving the cone in place and removing the box is irresponsible. I would tell the building owner that "his" beekeeper is not getting the job done and is just allowing the bees to die. As far as the cone, you cannot remove it without the building owner's permission as it is there at his request. You can however put up your own box and bait it with some lemon grass oil or get in touch with another beekeeper to continue working the trap out. Keep in mind the purpose of the cone is to prevent the bees from going back into the wall. Once they come out, they should not be able to get back in through the cone if it is properly made. Sounds a little big to me. Trying to kill the hive is not a good idea since once the bees are dead, the mice and roaches move in.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.