Bee Swarm Removal

Removing Bee Swarms

Bee Swarm Removal Basics

Encountering a bee swarm for the first time can be alarming.  Bee swarm removal is not for the inexperienced.  Bees tend to swarm near their hives or honeycombs, so if a swarm is visible then a nest is nearby. Swarms are usually not aggressive unless provoked, so it is important to keep a good distance from the swarm. If the bees feel threatened, they will use their stingers and release a pheromone to alert the other bees of the threat resulting in a large bee attack.

Generally, a weak bee colony will not swarm until the colony has produced a larger population of bees. Weak bee colonies can be caused by low food supply, disease such as Foulbrood Disease, or from a queen that produces low quantities of eggs.

Usually a beekeeper or bee swarm removal company will use a bee vacuum to capture the bees in a caged container so they can transport to a bee observation hive. While capturing the bees, smoke is used to calm the bee which makes it safer and easier to remove the colony.

Bee removals are often performed prematurely since bees often rest and swarm in one location for an extended period of time giving the perception that the bees are building a colony. It is a good rule of thumb to wait at least 24 hours before calling a professional to remove the bees from a house or other building.

Bee swarms can almost always be collected alive and relocated by a competent beekeeper or bee swarm removal company. It is a common belief that a bee swarm should always be exterminated for safety reasons, but this is rarely necessary and discouraged if bee removal is possible.

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