A swarm is a large clump of bees (see photo) that are in search of the right location to build a new home. Sometimes people call with "swarm calls," but what's really happening is their flowering trees have lots of pollinator activity (and usually they aren't even honey bees). Lots of activity in your flowers just means the bees (native bees or honey bees) are happily collecting nectar and pollen. Swarms look like a large blob of bees and they do not stay for long.
01. How do I know if i have a swarm?
Swarming is one of two methods for reproduction. The queen bee lays eggs to make more worker bees, but in spring, strong hives who survive winter produce a brand new queen and let the old queen leave the hive with a large group of worker bees to start building a new home. We want bees to survive winter and to build their population, but we don't want them to do so in an inconvenient place.
02. why do bees swarm?
1. Call your local beekeeper. 👋🏻 You can call my swarm line. Depending on availability, I can come to collect them and give them a home where they won't be bothering anyone. Failure to collect a swarm means they will probably find a home in your old shed or walls, which can be an expensive removal later.
2. Stay away. While swarms are generally very gentile and don't sting (because they have no honey or eggs to defend), they can still get aggressive if they are more desperate to find a home or have been messed with. One of the handful of times I've been stung beekeeping was when catching a swarm that was very desperate to find a new home.
3. Don't spray with anything or call a pest removal service. A beekeeper, like myself, can easily come and get them for free depending on how easy they are to access. This saves you money and helps create honey and a happier environment, plus it keeps our pollinators here to create all the fruits and veggies we love to eat.
03. WHAT should i do if i see a swarm?
Live honey bee or swarm removal? Give me a buzz.
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