Whenever I thought about an exterminator, I pictured someone coming and spraying to get rid of unwanted critters.
I managed a restaurant that had an exterminator come in monthly. They sprayed for roaches and ants, and set out sticky traps to rid of the store of mice. I hated the idea that everything was killed, but I couldn’t have them in my restaurants, either. Last week, I had a bee’s nest under the oak tree that was within fifteen feet of the house. If my husband had been home, I would have had him take care of the bee’s nest, but I wasn’t about to attempt it. I had three small children, and I didn’t need to have angry hornets getting into the house and stinging my children. I called an exterminator that specialized in live bee removal. When he got to the house, he checked out the bees’ nest and said they weren’t hornets. There was a hive of honeybees somewhere close, and he could locate it for me. He would remove the honeybees and take them to a honey bee farm. Unfortunately, not only did we have honey bees, but we also had yellow jackets that were living beneath the tree. We had a double whammy of bees close to the house. He did a live bee removal of the honeybees, and then he got rid of the yellow jackets and made it safe for my kids to go outside again. I hated to see any bee get destroyed, but we also had to worry about the yellow jackets being killer bees. They would attack my little ones relentlessly.