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AHB gets a bad rap, causing more bee exterminations.

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It may be of value to address the case of mistaken identity regarding Africanized honey bees (AHB) in relation to bee removal services. Bee removal generally refers to the process of a bee guy removing honeybees from a location in which the bees are unwanted such as the wall, attic, or chimney of a home (how to get rid of bees). Dealing with an unwanted beehive may happen only once or twice in a lifetime. The average person knows very little about removing honeybees. As such, when a beehive is found the property people often attempt to handle it themselves and treat it like a wasp problem

If the home-owner is persistent in their efforts to, get rid of a bee hive un-successfuly, this begins to conditions the bees to be more aggressive or protective when they see an intruder approaching the hive. Later, when a bee guy is finally called out to remove or relocate the bees. With bees that have been harassed repeatedly, the bees will immediately try to attack having been conditioned. This causes bee exterminators, and even some live bee removers to assume the beehive to be feral or africanized. Consequently this process can give africanized bees a bad name, and the bee guy an inaccurate perception of the true nature of the bees behavior.

The more the bee guy works with relocating bees, the more they begin to understand how to interact with them. For example, when you first approach the hive , bees that have not been harassed will show some amount of aggression toward you perhaps 80% of the time or less. However after a few minutes after opening a hive an experienced keeper will likely be able to un-suit or remove the head mask as the bees realize you are not there to harm them, allowing the bee guy to work freely with the bees. Not recommended to be tried by a novice/ beginner, especially were aggressive bees may exist.

Bee exterminator

To a bee exterminator, nearly all established bee colonies they approach will appear aggressive. This happens because in the first few minutes the exterminator will be trying to kill the bees and never see what it’s like to interact with them in perhaps a constructive way. Rescuing and relocating bees as opposed to exterminating bees. Live removal may take more time but it also can be a great experience and environmentally a better choice. do it yourself bee removal (DIY) if you are not experienced with bees, and especially if people or animals are nearby.

When instances or problems arise of an accident involving bees, there may be good reasons why people stretch the truth about the situation. If the bees were being killed, in some cases the homeowner may feel guilty for trying to kill the bees as as it creating problems, or they might not want to be judged as breaking a law. In addition perhaps the media or other people are involved that further influences what the homeowner is comfortable saying. At the end of it all, the people that have become involved or hear the story, or are broad casted the story, are left with an inaccurate understanding of behavior of honeybees.
This can leave the bee guy, exterminator, and general public with the view that their are more Africanized or naturally aggressive bees than actually exist.

Bee guy misled

In the case of mistaken identity of honey bees, another common scenario can be profit driven. Home owner calls a bee guy to get rid of the bee problem, on arrival the home owner is told that the bees are Africanized killer bees and they have to have them removed /killed right away, and in addition the bee removal price is very high because the bees are Africanized. But no worry, they are the killer bee experts, trained and certified to solve the problem and keep you safe. This is a type of pressure sale that generally works great, it also makes everyone feel better about killing the bees and after repeating that info enough, causes the bee guy to actually believe it.

On one one level it makes the homeowner feel a little better about exterminating the bees, for the most part they are happy to see the problem getting resolve. The end result is that people talk about their expensive bee problem; when most likely the exterminated beehive could have been removed humanly and often at less cost. Among other cases of mistaken identity of the AHB, these two instances can cause the most misinformation about the AHB, but when combined with media coverage, it tends to spin the actual story once more out of reality.

In the US a great effort is taken in informing the public when Africanized bees move into a new County or State; also in developing guidelines and recommendations for preparing for and absorbing the AHB. This could be done also to remove the State or County from liability in case of a honey bee sting occurrence, perhaps the fear Africanized Honey Bee in the past has been overly hyped.

What can be done? As a bee guy or bee exterminator, talk to competitors that do live removal. Visit with a beekeeper and work with bees. As a consumer in need of bee removal, look for a bee guy that relocates the bees and removes honey comb if the bees are within a structure.

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