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What's a Swarm?
Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season.
Swarming is honey bee colonies' natural means of reproduction. In the process of swarming the original single colony reproduces to two and sometimes more colonies. Scout bees search for suitable cavities in which to construct the swarm’s home. Successful scouts will then come back and report the location of suitable nesting sites to the other bees.
Swarming happens naturally in the wild, however many swarms (especially those found in more developed areas) are derived from bee hives in the surrounding area that were not suitable for the hive. Even though it may look scary, these bees are in their most docile state, and can easily be transferred to a container by a skilled beekeeper. If the swarm is not caught, the scout bees will find a location suitable for the colony and the swarm will quickly disband and go to that location, even if that location is in your house, shed, or other undesirable location.
If you see swarming bees, keep calm, keep back, and call or text us at 703-801-2504.
There's Bees in my _______.
Bees take up residence in many natural and man-made items. From trees to rafters, bees have inhabited some pretty interesting places. It is their survival instinct, which has served them well for hundreds of years. Bee removal from a pre-existing structure can be easy or it can be difficult. Assessing this situation will require a on-site assessment and estimate. Feel free to call, text, or contact us on our CONTACT US page. To make sure you are dealing with honey bees and not a more aggressive insect, you may be asked to provide a photo of your concern. We also have information on identifying bees on our FAQ Page.