In our bee club (Alamo Area Bee Keepers Assoc., in San Antonio, Texas) we hear constantly how it is illegal for anyone but licensed pesticide professionals to remove bees. Every time I think I have found this is not true one of our members shoots it down.
I can see why charging for the service might be illegal, or why using chemicals to kill bees may be infringing on the pesticide industry's toes, but removing bees to help a neighbor or troubled homeowner resulting in a $10,000 fine? Seems incredible but maybe that's why it might be true.
Any comments or anyone with actual knowledge of the laws in Texas?