There is a purpose and a point to being differentiated as a “professional” live bee removal specialist. That being that it introduces the person as someone who is doing this as a means to make a living and that they will complete the task to the needs and requirements of the customer.
Most hobbyist and amateur live bee removal people are in it for themselves to obtain more bee colonies. That’s fine as long as everyone involved understands that. The amateur/hobbyist fills a need in the marketplace for low cost or even no cost to the customer removals. They generally take the “low hanging fruit” or the less challenging stuff. That’s a good thing.
Being a professional though requires bringing more to the table. Proper tools and equipment, liability insurance, sometimes having certain required or desirable certifications or registrations, etc… these are all overhead that need to be covered. The cost of doing business if you will.
The paying customer needs someone who can de-escalate a potentially unsafe situation with bees. They need someone to, at a minimum, remove the nest whenever possible and prepare the voidspace to prevent re-habitation by future swarms. Also, there is a need to prepare the newly emptied space to be closed up again and repaired properly. This is important whether doing the repair yourself or if someone else will follow up afterwards.
The professional live removal specialist has to accept that not every colony will be able to be saved and finish the job as best as possible regardless. It’s not just about getting bees to take home. That’s not guaranteed. Getting the job done right should be the first focus for the professional.
Live removal professionals often end up taking the more challenging jobs because they have the experience, time, equipment and resources necessary to do so.
You have to bee honest with customers about what you can do. If you bite off more than you can chew, your setting yourself, the customer and likely the bees, up for failure.
Live bee removal as a professional service specialty is still a burgeoning area. More and more pest control companies are reluctant to kill bees and in some jurisdictions, is even illegal or highly discouraged.
In many situations, insurance companies or localities require that work be done on buildings and other structures by an insured, professional service provider. In many of those situations the bees do often end up being killed because there are no professional live removal specialists around.
There’s no need for animosity or negativity between hobbyists\amateurs and professionals in this area. As awareness grows and urban sprawl continues to take harborage away from nesting bees, there is plenty to be done for the industrious and self initiating bee person.