Swarming is the honey bee’s method of colony reproduction. The old queen and about half of the worker bees leave their former nest and seek a new home, usually in the spring but sometimes at other times of the year when local conditions permit. To start the process, certain worker bees, called “scouts,” begin to canvass the surrounding territory for a potential new nesting site even before the bee swarm leaves its original colony.
A departing swarm consists of a large number of bees flying in a cloud that seems to drift along through the air. People not familiar with honey bees are generally frightened by such a mass, which can contain 5,000 to 20,000 bees, but unless a bee becomes tangled in someone’s hair, it isn’t likely to sting. The queen is in the group, but not leading it. Sometimes bees fly from the cluster to collect water and food, but most workers leaving the cluster are scouts that search out potential new home sites for the swarm.
A clustered bee swarm may appear frightening, but are extremely docile. It takes quite a bit of stimulation, such as being hit by sticks and stones or squirted with a hose, to induce defensive behavior. The same may not be true for Africanized honey bees or for any swarm of honey bees that has run out of food, as these aren’t nearly as predictable and can be very touchy, even as swarm clusters.
If you find yourself in the presence of a bee swarm, we would love to hear from you. We will come out and collect the swarm using safe all natural methods so there is no harm to the bees. Once we have collected the swarm we will put it in a new established hive where they will thrive and become a strong colony building comb, pollinating flowers and crops and producing honey.
Bee Rescue Swarm Removal
You can contact us for this FREE service at 208-353-9530 (Andrea) or 208-890 2376 (Mark)