On Wednesday of this week a Padres bee swarm delayed a game for 52 minutes while a ‘beekeeper’ was called to exterminate them!

I CANNOT BELIEVE that a swarm of bees was destroyed in front of thousands of baseball fans on Wednesday evening! How many thousands of people that saw the incident on TV now have the message that it is necessary or advisable to treat a swarm of bees this way? I was horrified and disgusted!

Honey bee swarm at Padres' GameI remove bees ALIVE all the time. Haven’t they heard that WE NEED HONEY BEES, and that bees are in serious trouble. What kind of message does this send to the public?

I know people were frightened by the bee swarm but if they had called a true BEEKEEPER, not an EXTERMINATOR, the bees would have been removed humanely, alive, without the risk of those stray bees which remained after the exterminator sprayed them.

Who hasn’t heard that bees are in trouble? We need honey bees. It has been said that one third of all food grown depends on honey bees for pollination. What kind of message does killing 20,000 bees on national television send to the public?

I know people were frightened but if they had called a true beekeeper, not an exterminator, the bees would have been removed humanely, alive, without the risk of those stray bees which remained after the exterminator sprayed them.

In some parts of the world it is illegal to exterminate bees unless a beekeeper has inspected the situation and been unable to remove them alive. This should be the case in the United States.

Beekeepers do not exterminate bees! Something had to be done quickly at Petco Park of course, but exterminating them took as long as it would to collect them, but stirred the remaining bees into a frenzy. I contend that far from being the safe option, this was a risky one.

Richard Andersen, Executive VP, Ballpark Management & General Manager/PETCO Park, called me in response to my email. He was very keen to get the facts and I’m sure in future they will try to take the socially responsible action. The Padres won an award.

Tom Garfinkel quipped that Luke Yoder, Padres’ director of field and landscape maintenance, has a beekeeper on speed-dial. I say next time call a professional beekeeper to do the right thing!!!! Ask Mr. Yoder to put my number on speed-dial! If I’m not available there is a network of beekeepers who would respond straightaway in circumstances like these.

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