Originally posted July 2021
Why relocate bees or beehives when you can share space with the bees? Every case is unique. In general, it is better to leave the bees alone because the bee colony will redeploy themselves naturally results in a balanced ecosystem. However, sometime the beehive location build by the bees may cause discomfort to people or created safety issue due to higher risk of provoking the bees. In such case, the best option is to relocate the beehive to a more suitable place so that everyone can live in harmony.
Exterminating the bees was the method used by many people in the past and people are changing this approach. People are more aware on the important of conserving our eco system via sustainable practices.
I used to rate the removal at similar to pest control price and encouraging people to try sharing space with their bees. More people are making humane beehive removal as their preferred option. However, the new beekeepers wanted to build their bee garden and offer free service so that they can get their garden with bees. Pest control also started to do the beehive removal but with a competitive rate as they need practices. The whole scenario has changed. The new beekeepers are encouraging people to remove beehive with lower rate or free service. No one will be willing to try to coexist with bees and I am so worry with such trend the bees will be overly populated in a particular location and causing an imbalance in the local ecosystem.
When a location is overly crowded with a single type of pollinator, it will affect the survival of other pollinator in some way. The ecosystem needs to find ways to balance it again.
I am in dilemma, should I change my current approach to better mitigate the impact of such shifting of wild bee handling method and continue to educate people about the importance in conserving our local bees by sharing space with them instead of removing the beehive because the fee is low!
Originally posted Oct 2020
There are many people approached me to learn about urban beekeeping. Most of them wanted to keep stingless bees. Even some government agency such as NPark and Schools requested to collaborate with Nutrinest in keeping stingless bees. I have rejected all of them and here is the reasons:
The objective for urban beekeeping is to provide education opportunities for the public to understand about our local bees and how we can better interact with them instead of exterminate any if found! For this to be effective, keeping different types of honeybees is the key to achieve the goal. Public will get to learn and differentiate the different types of bees. The ability to identify which type of bee will sting and which will not.