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Swarm Removal

Have you come across a honeybee swarm? First off, no need to panic! Bees in a swarm are not likely to sting you if you just leave them alone. Secondly, you’ve done the right thing by calling a beekeeper to help you. Honeybee colonies are dying in record numbers from pesticides, diseases and pests. The sad fact is that very few swarms will survive if left to fend on their own. By calling a beekeeper these honeybees will be safely removed and given a new home where they will have a better chance for survival. Backyard Bee Works offer a free bee removal service for bee swarms in the Guelph area (as long as the swarm is safely accessible and not embedded in a structure).

Please be aware: We do not remove bumble bee, yellow jacket or wasp nests. Below are some examples of honey bee swarms.

What is a swarm, anyway?

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Most swarms will occur in the spring, at a time when honey bee populations quickly increase. Typically, if a colony becomes crowded or is particularly healthy, the queen will fly away with half of the worker bees, leaving the old hive for a new queen and the remaining workers. Swarming is the natural way that honey bees reproduce. Swarms will often occur during hot afternoons in May and June. They will generally alight onto a branch near the parent hive for the afternoon while scout bees search for a new home. The cluster may stay for a few hours up to a few days while the hive-mind makes a decision. Though stumbling across a bee swarm might seem a tad scary, bees in a swarm are not at all defensive and are not inclined to sting. That said, leave the removal of a swarm up to an expert beekeeper, rather then risking harm to yourself or the bees.

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For more information on swarms: http://entomology.unl.edu/beekpg/beeswarm.shtml

Not sure if you’re dealing with bees, wasps or what? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characteristics_of_common_wasps_and_bees