:deadhorse: Well said, nice to see the hive buzzing so. Education would indeed solve the problem. Unfortunately, education would solve a great many of the world' s problems, problem being, there are a great many people alive today who will live many years to come without ever being educated. Coupled with the fact that many of our recent high school graduates are reading on a sixth grade level. So if you have to take the time to complete basic education before continuing onto bee education doesn't that then become more time consuming than the extraction.
Here I was wondering where all the nice people in the world went I thought they were all dead when all the time they were all just bee keepers. No investment bankers in bee keeping I can see. Wake up and smell the new millennium: Nothing is Free, not air or water, nothing. Why then should anyone expect you to waste your time, a much more precious and limited commodity. I used to cut trees down for a living, not in the forest, but in the city, over structure etc. The man I started tree work with, had been removing trees, for over fifty years. He would save all the burnable wood, from the trees he cut during the busy season. Then during the lax season, (around the holidays), he would have it split, to sell as fire wood. He made fifty thousand a year, off of firewood, I'd be willing to bet was unreported, but never offered to do a tree for firewood. Why then would anyone do an extraction just for some bees ? I am suddenly reminded of magic beans. Especially if the survival of the hive is as unpredictable as some of the above posts suggest.
As I said before, I live in New Orleans, termites are a major problem here, and the same millionaire slumlord, who regularly sprays hives in the wall, and leaves them to rot. Rather than spend, three hundred dollars,on an extraction, spent thousands having a couple of buildings tented and sprayed for termites. Termites do not generally devour a whole building, like depicted on television, but rather, they are drawn to an area by moisture, and devour said area, then moving on. Leaving a situation that I can only assume, closely resembles that of an abandoned hive, left to rot, inside a wall. The point is that if the prospective damage to property is comparable, why then should termites be given such priority, when there contribution to the environment is considerably less, even more so as they're only being destroyed, and not saved,as the bees should be. It's all about scare tactic marketing the only way anything gets done in this country. Thank god for bicycle helmets. Hard to follow hmph..
Anyway legislation to force people like this to do the right thing would only be protecting him from himself as although he is wealthy and accredited he still falls neatly into the category of people mentioned in the beginning of this post.
$$ Home Owners $$ Home Owners $$ Home Owners $$ Let the insurance companies pay. If granny doesn' t have it, she should, more so than anyone.
It' s Dangerous, It' s Hazardous, the resulting decay could compromise the structure. This week on discovery bee attack week. Scare tactic marketing combined with a save the planet movement it's a shoe in and should be done. Do you now pay premiums on a homeowner policy ? Have you ever made a claim against it ? Have you ever had a bee hive in the wall of your current or any other residence? Again I stress the infrequency. :deadhorse: