So, I just got a response back from Vex-con and am taking my own advice about not contacting them right away cause I am po'd.
In a second I will have their response for all of you to see. I would like your opinions on their response, any suggestions or opinions on your part may be incorporated in my response to them.
Here is the email they sent me:
I'm sorry but I have to respectively tell you that you are dead wrong when
you say "Any beekeeper would have been happy to have that colony". We don't
like killing them either but sometimes you have to do things you don't like
if you want to help "PEOPLE". We recommend to most people that they contact
a bee keeper before we come out because we are going to exterminate them if
we come out. Most of the time they tell us they have and we are their last
resort. Just so you know some of the biggest bee kills I have seen have
been done by bee keepers.
The reasons we are given by local bee keepers for their refusal to respond
to these type of populations is that it is irresponsible to keep bees like
the one you saw on TV for the following reasons:
1.) The bees may be contaminated from pollen gathered from flowers treated
with insecticides and other chemicals not known to the keeper.
2.) There may be drones that serve no useful purpose but to eat but not
3.) The Africaization of honey bees is a process and they don't want
aggressive bees in their hives.
Another fact is that we are getting calls and e-mails from all over the
country wanting help with honey bees that are putiing "PEOPLE" at risk.
They are desparate and can not get bee keepers or pest control companies to
come help them.
I'm sorry but this problem is not as simple as you seem to think it is and
Vexcon isn't going to have much of an impact not matter what we do. Oh,
before I forget we do know how to do live removals. But nobody wants them
and it drives the cost up for us to relocate them. With the government
taking 50% of every dollar we earn we can't afford to eat the cost
I applaud your efforts to save the bees in New Orleans but you are rare from
a pco perspective. I would like to again emphasis that we don't like
killing honey bees either. It is probably our least favorite thing to do
and before doing it, we do determine if there is an alternative, such as
just letting them finish their rest and let them move on.
One more thing. We have gotten a lot of e-mail from people that would like
to see them saved.
Thanks again for taking the time to email us.
So, what do you think? Clueless or what!