"I worked in an old house where we had a day school for retarded adults. This is a private school that gets government endowments and private money. The house should have been condemned years ago--but the whole 5 years I was there, the bees were in the attic. Sometimes they would come into the front room (next to the fireplace) these usually didn't fly---just crawled. I would scoop them up and put them outside. They would swarm three or four times a year--forming balls in the trees outside. Within a day or two they would be gone. I would stand in the middle of a swarm (it happened at the same time every day for two or three days--half hour durations--then finally the ball would form. I fell in love with them standing in their swarms. They never touched me and I've never been stung.
They were in that attic for 10 years. This year the house was demolished, but before it happened I begged bee keepers to come and take them out. I don't work there anymore so I had no pull or power. The bee keepers wouldn't go into the building even though it was coming down.
The cheapest thing for the school was extermination--so that's what they did. When it comes to these endangered creatures its always about the bottom line.
I felt like I had lost my best friend. As if hive collapse wasn't killing them fast enough---people kill them because they are in the way. I'm on the central coast ---here there just wasn't anyone who was interested enough to try to save them. The exterminator said he'd take them out alive if I'd give him $200. I didn't have it. The school is non-profit so they didn't have it, so opted to pay $60 to exterminate them.
Thanks for preserving them alive."
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