I keep hearing on this site over and again that people should steer clear of hives that have bee sprayed. Fact is most home owners who have tried to spray them do so with a can of wasp spray from ten or more feet away and in most cases don't affect the colony in the slightest.
By all means proceed with caution but ask lots of questions such as what did you spray them with? Exactly what did you do, how did you spray them?
If its the most common answer "with wasp spray from fifteen feet away", I will take this removal any day of the week.
If they say they drilled a hole and injected a chemical or worst yet an insecticidal dust, back away as quickly as you can.
Sounds like you are most concerned with the 30-40 minute trip there Liz.
I'd drive further than 40 miles for something like this, JP...I want more bees and am eager to get them! But I'll have to haul my contractor friend out with me so he can show me how to access the bees (I told you...I'm lost in construction). I'll work for very little money simply for the experience and for the bees, but I'll need to pay my friend, and if the bees die and the comb is contaminated, then the overall job becomes less appealing for me because in the end I've got nothing but the experience of cutting into a house.
So, your response makes me feel as if these bees may not die. Which makes it more appealing to me again.
For those of you like Michael (and maybe me, too, I don't know yet!) who decline these jobs, what suggestions do you give the homeowner? What options does the homeowner have when it comes to getting rid of the bees?
This woman told me the truth when I asked if she'd sprayed them. She felt guilty about it, but she didn't lie about it. Because she was truthful, I hate to turn her job down without giving her good (and perhaps more affordable) options.