Thank you for your personal reply.
I live in West Palm Beach, FL. I am also VP of the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Assoc.
Most professional bee removers in Florida are licensed exterminators. They must be to use chemicals. In order to maintain their license and insurance they must abide by state regulations.
That is all well and good. Having to run a buisness is tough expensive thing to do.
The state recommendation on the elimination of all fereal hives is in my opinion completely ridiculous. Fortunatly there are beekeepers and removers out there who oppose it and don't abide by it. Several on the west cost of Florida who I have posted articles about.
The media FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) perpetuated with the issue of AHB (Africanized Honey Bees) is blown way out of proportion. It is is contributed directly by The State Entomolgy director Jerry Hayes. A person I greatly respect but fervently disagree with.
The simple fact is that without a DNA test there is no positive determination of AHB.
AHB hives can be change by replacing the queen.
Beekeepers would much rather help keep hives than destroy them. With the issues of Varroa, small hive beetles, Brood diseases, CCD and other issues. A healthy hive is a welcome thing. Even a feral one.
I personally do understand the desire to maintain a succesful business and income and not have more difficulties from the business regulatory agencies. I however don't believe that makes them right and if no one takes a stand against it. They will maintain the status quo.
I will continue to oppose the destructive policy of the elimination of feral hives. I will continue to oppose the media FUD. And I will continue to oppose the state of Florida's current position on feral hives.
Well you asked my opinion.