Swarms - Swarms are clusters of honey bees that rest on a branch or
other structure such as a mailbox of fence post. Above are several
pictures of swarms.
Swarms are the honey bees way of perpetuating their species.
Healthy colonies most years will raise extra queens and cast
off a portion of bees, to start a new colony in a new location.
Swarms are bees in transition to a new location. Once a colony
casts off a swarm, they will settle in a cluster, then send out
scout bees to look for a new location. The bees remain
in cluster until all the scout bees agree to a new location.
The swarm may stay for 3 hours or three days.
Occasionally they stay so long that an open air colony results.
It is important to catch swarms as soon as possible. While swarms
present little danger if left undisturbed, they do pose a problem
to homeowners if the bees decide to take up residence in cavities
of homes and other structures. If this happens, it now becomes very
difficult to remove bees once they are established in a wall or
other location in a structure.
Swarms are usually easy for beekeepers to remove. But this
depends on the location, drive distance, time requirements, and
other factors. Cost for swarm removals should be
discussed with the individual beekeeper being contacted.
Please do not spray honey bees. They are beneficial to the environment.