Bee Kill Ban

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:23am

Austin, Texas considers ban on killing bees.

The city of Austin, Texas may become the first in the nation to ban the killing of bees.

No one wants to be stung by one, but bees have their use.

They are invaluable to our agriculture and food supply.

Walter Schumacher's bee rescue will take them away, alive, at no charge.

He believes bees should be nurtured.

"You don't have to kill them. You don't have to pick up the phone and go kill a pest or rid a bug or whoever you want," he says. "I have honey bees. They make honey. Would you kill a cow because it's dangerous? No, not unless you were going to eat it. So do the same thing with a honey bee."

Walter will take that feral honey to local food makers, and accept only donations in return, sort of a bee barter.

Round Rock Honey has been dealing with bees for years.

They too believe live extraction is preferable to extermination.

"If you kill off bugs on a bee hive and then leave the comb behind that will attract ants, that will attract cockroaches, it will attract mold and do all sorts of things like that. Eventually it will attract more bees again, so it doesn't really solve the problem," explains Round Rock's Conrad Bouffard.

Walter will kick off his bee rescue operation with a meet and greet this Saturday and Sunday.

"Hopefully when you call 311, 911, the fire department or the police department starting Saturday, and say I have bees they'll directly call us or give you our number. Because there's no charge," he says.

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