Ie have been helping many people to relocate wild beehive in Singapore for a few years. I have learnt about the different type of people that call for help and mainly the looking for free service, looking for cheap service, and the true conservationist. I would like to share with you the different between these 3 types and also the rationale behind why this service should be charged.
Looking for free: There are a small percentage of caller fall into this category. Bee conservation is not their business, removing the bees is. They wanted their problem to be solve for free. After knowing they have to pay for the service, their reply can be as follow:
-You conserving the bees why are you charging, after all you get to keep the bees and the honey!
-If you really concern about the decline of the bee population then you should come and keep the bees!
-Oh have to pay! Never mind I can get someone to do it for free! I thought you want the bees!
Looking for the cheapest: half of the caller belongs to this group. They would make a few enquiries from different company and ask for a similar price quoted by another service provider what they say normally are:
-Oh that is expensive, so and so is charging as $XX, can you do cheaper?
-Wah! Why so expensive, Last time I only paid $XX,
Caller who are concern about the decline of bee population would say:
-I prefer to not kill the bees can you come and relocate them how much will that cost me?
-I rather pay a little higher but to save the bees.
Why this is a pay service:
1. If this service is free, the motivation to co-exist with the bees will be low. It will be a no brainer to get the bee removed as it cost nothing.
2. To make this service sustainable, there are cost for the transportation, making of beehive boxes, some perishable item. It is not only to go and remove the beehive but also to transport the bees to some other places and setting up the beehive.
3. Most of the honey from the beehive are reserved for the bee colony. unlike the honey hunter that go for the honey and care less to the bee colony health, I always return the honey to the bees after their new settlement. This can greatly increase their chance of survival.
4. After all people have to pay for the pest control to exterminate the bees. Compare with spraying pesticide of smoke away the bee and leaving the broods in the comb chambers to cold to death. I have to carefully locate the queen into the Beehive box, getting the rest of the bees to reunite with the queen. The process can some time take ups to 8 hours. There after I still need to bring the bee colony to a garden and set them up which will takes another 2 hours. Comparing the number of hours spend and work load. As long as, it is sustainable, I will continue to save the bees.
Hope more people will support bee conservation, it is important as it is a key factor in balancing our eco system. We are doing this for our future generation, making sure they still have a healthy environment to live with.
You can contact me at 91474065 for any local honey bee related issues. Thanks.