If you see a swarm of bees, don't be alarmed and please don't get out a can of bug spray! If you aren't sure if they are honey bees, give us a call, and we can help you determine what's going on. Many times, we can help folks figure out the best next steps if they AREN'T honey bees.
As the spring season warms up, honey bees become more active and sometimes they can outgrow their hives. When the bees decide that they'd like to move to a more spacious home, the worker bees build swarm cells for new queens to emerge, and the current queen lays eggs in the cells. The colony and the queen will take about half of the hive's population with them and will head out to find a new home (leaving the other half of the hive to carry on as usual and make themselves a new queen). Before they swarm, typically scout bees are already in action looking for a new home, so by the time the bees swarm, they typically already know where they are headed. So when you see a swarm of bees, hanging from a tree branch, a shrub or your car fender... those bees are just hanging out, protecting their queen... and waiting for the scouts to lead them to their new home.
If you do see a swarm, the best thing to do is to call us to come and collect them. We have extra hive boxes that are ready for when a swarm shows up. The hive boxes are just the thing that the queen's scouts are looking for... a spacious new home for their queen! If the swarm is hanging from a branch, clustered on the trunk of a tree, a shrub or the fender of your car, we can assist. We will determine the best means to collect the bees. And if they are in a more difficult situation, we have special equipment to manage the situation.
If you find thousands of bees on an object outdoors, give us a call; we can help!
Call John and Val at one of the following numbers!
(515) 729-2025 (John)
(515) 306-3234 (Val)