How to Deal with Bee Swarms

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 09:59 AM

It's that time of the year when we all enjoy the outdoors and spend lots of time in our yards. Well, we aren't the only ones that enjoy the outdoors in the hot summer.  Many pest flourish in the summer and if not controlled can take over a property and set up perminate residence.

Not all pest "stay" and are considered to be occasional invaders and honey bees are in this group of pest.

In the past few years there has been a growing concern on the decline of Honey Bees.  Much research has been done on the reasons why, but the fact is bees are in my opinon the single most important insect we have, so when at all possible we want to perserve hives and swarms when at all possible.

When honey bees swarm from the hive they do not fly far at first. They may gather in a tree or on a branch only a few meters from the hive. There, they cluster about the queen and send scout bees out to find a final location. The swarm may fly for a kilometer or more to the scouted out location.

Swarms of bees sometimes frighten people, though they are usually not aggressive at this stage of their life cycle. This is principally due to the fact the swarming bees have no hive to defend and are more interested in finding a new nesting point for their queen. This does not mean that bee swarms will not attack if they perceive a threat; however, most bees only attack in response to intrusions against their hive, and swarming bees have no hive. Most swarms will move on and find a suitable nesting location in a day or two.


What should you do if you encounter a swarm?

    Stay calm

    Do not disturb them

    Keep people, pets and small children at a safe distance

    Allow 24 hours for swarm to move before calling a professional


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