Laws And Regulations Protecting Honey Bees

Photograph of honey bees building honey hive

Honey bees are not technically endangered, but other bee species are, and honey bee populations have declined, creating concern. Indeed, the populations of a variety of bee species have been declining on a global scale. Worse, it appears to be occurring due to many factors such as habitat damage, climate change, sickness, and mites, to mention a few.

In 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees as endangered. In 2017, the rusty patch bumblebee joined them on the list. Aside from those eight species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has classified 16 bee species as vulnerable, 18 as endangered, and 9 as severely endangered worldwide.

The Pollinator Protection Act

Image of African HoneybeeIn the United States, the European honey bee will continue to be — the most significant single crop pollinator. However, with diseases, parasitic mites, Africanized bees, and Colony Collapse Disorder – reducing the number of managed honey bee colonies, it is critical to enhancing the employment of native bees in our agricultural system. It is critical to provide habitat for these pollinators as part of this endeavor.

The Pollinator Habitat Protection Act of 2007 aims to improve pollinator habitat and food supplies. This measure makes use of current Farm Bill conservation initiatives to improve pollinator habitat, both natural and controlled. It doesn’t cost any more money, and it doesn’t require developing a new program. It simply requires existing conservation programs to recognize pollinator habitat as a conservation resource, and it compensates producers who follow pollinator-friendly conservation techniques.

According to the Pollinator Habitat Protection Act, pollinators are now a conservation objective in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Security Program, and the Conservation Reserve Program.

Local Bee Removal Regulations

Both the state and municipal governments control beekeeping and the laws regarding honey bee removal. Local bee removal companies are well versed in their local regulations and should always follow state and federal guidelines. Preforming DIY bee removal is dangerous because you may violate bee removal laws by using illegal pesticides or removal practices. The best way to ensure legal and humane bee removal is to rely on beekeepers and local insect control professionals.

Each state has different procedures and requirements to remove honey bees properly. Texas, for instance, has the Texas Apiary Inspection Service that controls set local municipal ordinances. All Texas-based beekeepers and honey bee removal companies must abided by their regulations.

If you are unsure about your local government’s restrictions, contact the Honey Bee Rescuers for guidance. A bee removal expert will provide you with bee control and bee removal solutions that will be best suited for honey bee relocation in your area.

Bees On The Endangered Species List

Image of European honey beeDespite the fact that the honey bee is not on the endangered species list, many people believe it will become extinct soon. Because this species is well-known for its agricultural function, the agriculture industry is frequently blamed for Colony Collapse Disorder, particularly pesticide use.

Bees species that already have been added to the endangered species list include:

  • Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
  • yellow-faced bee
  • Easy yellow-faced bee
  • Hawaiian yellow-faced 1Go To Source fws.gov -“Listed Animals”

What Can I Do To Help Honey Bees?

Since honey bees play such an essential role in local ecosystems, honey bee removal should be left to professionals. Beekeepers pre-qualified by the Honey Bee Rescuers only utilize humane bee relocation practices. Although your intentions may be pure, improper honey bee removal results in an entire colony perishing. If honey bees have begun hive construction on your property, contact a humane bee control company right away.

If an infestation is caught early, the removal process takes less time and is much safer for the hive. If a bee colony is allowed ample time to build, the colony population with increase rapidly (thousands of bees), honey will seep into building materials, and the insect activity will attract other pests onto your property. 

 

 

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