If you live in or around the Miami-Dade area and find bees on your property, you likely want them removed. Likewise, if you run a farm or any kind of gardening or agricultural facility in the area, then you might want bees on your property so that flowers and crops can get pollinated.
In either case, you might wonder if contacting the Miami Dade Beekeepers Association is worth it. This can be especially true for bee removal if you’re urgently seeking an industry professional to come handle the matter. The truth is actually a bit of a mixed bag though, as the Miami Dade Beekeepers Association doesn’t actually directly handle bee removal or even bringing hives out for pollination purposes. However, you can use their website to contact individual participants and members that might provide such services.
Contacting individual members can be done on a county by county basis, as the association belongs to the larger Florida Backyard Beekeepers Association. It tracks its members by the community they live or operate in.
Something good to keep in mind when looking at this list is that membership in the association doesn’t necessarily indicate skill set, abilities, prices, or experience. It’s up to you as a consumer to do your due diligence, contacting them for a consultation and then doing background checks on them if you feel it is warranted. Association membership usually just indicates proof of insurance and Florida Beekeepers Registration and that both were current at the time of listing.
There is also a Facebook group that goes by the name of the Miami-Dade Beekeepers Association, and it says it’s available for removals among its members. However, at the time of writing, it does not seem to have a published member directory, website, or phone number. Also at the time of writing, there were no Miami-Dade specific members of the Florida Backyard Beekeepers Association page for that city and county listed. That should serve as a word of warning, because if you consult a beekeeper or removalist on your own, and they cite association membership as part of their industry credentials, something would seem to be amiss. Checking for someone from a neighboring county that includes Miami in their service area is a smart move.
Getting an industry professional for your bee removal needs is good to do, since they can do so safely without you or them getting hurt. They can also likely save the hive, which is precious to do, unless you are determined it just be destroyed rather than relocated. The national bee population has been decimated in recent decades, and scientists are not entirely sure why. The heavy use of pesticides, both on an industrial scale and in local consumer use, is suspected to be a culprit, although landscaping that deliberately avoids bee-friendly plants might also have something to do with it.
Attempts at rebounding the population have been somewhat successful, with beekeepers or removalists saving hives and relocating them when possible, and many departments of transportation or even schools creating safe areas for bees with the specific flowers they plant.