Adopt a live honey bee removal policy in Santa Barbara County #SaveTheBees!

Adopt a live honey bee removal policy in Santa Barbara County #SaveTheBees!

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michele skinner started this petition to "Pest" Extermination Companies and

Exterminating honeybees on your property can be bad for you, the bees, and our environment. When a honeybee colony is exterminated with insecticides or other toxic chemicals, we suffer the loss of pollinating benefits from the treated hive as well as other bee colonies within a two mile radius. It is much more efficient and environmentally sustainable to have honeybees removed from your home by calling a qualified beekeeper to relocate the hive away from your property.

Honeybees' ability to mass pollinate is crucial to the well-being of our planet and our lives. A huge majority (~80%) of the plants we need for food rely on bee pollination, thus we must protect these tiny creatures at all costs. For this reason, it is critical that as a county, we ban pest control companies from exterminating honeybee hives and instead adopt a live bee removal policy. 

As a child, I grew up with a father who had a side hobby of beekeeping and he safely removed hundreds of swarms from residential homes in my community. These colonies were all successfully relocated to hives in my front and back yard. As a 21 year old, I have yet to be stung. So the next time you spot a swarm, remember my story and this petition for change.

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