Bee Swarm Removal
While a swarm of bees can be an intimidating thing; a dense living and buzzing mass of insects a swarm is not inherently dangerous. Swarming bees are not on the war path, nor are they likely to be aggressive, they are simply looking for a new home. Where that goes wrong is when the bees are made to be aggressive, or more accurately defensive, because they feel threatened by external forces. Which means that much of the art of bee swarm removal is conducting it in a controlled and knowledgeable way that minimizes the risk to both bees and passers by.
Why Bees Swarm
Bees swarm for one of two reasons. Either they are abandoning the old hive because it has no longer become suitable – for example there is no food, or it has been disturbed or rendered uninhabitable one way or another – or else the old hive became too crowded and so some of the bees move on to look for a new home.
Swarms may look pretty random but in reality the hive has to prepare itself before swarming and that is done with military precision. The workers put the queen on a diet so she is slim enough to fly before they attempt to leave and if the hive is splitting due to overcrowding they will prepare queen cells so that a new queen will be hatched as the old one leaves for pastures new. A swarm is a big enterprise and requires a lot of planning but once the queen and swarming workers leave the hive it will probably only last hours or a day before they find a new home and start re building. The catch is that's all the time we have to work in so the earlier you call us the better.
What To Do
The biggest thing to remember is that if you leave the bees alone, the bees will leave you alone so however menacing a swarm can look if it lands in a place near people there is no risk unless idiots try to move it or blow smoke or chemicals on it. The thing to do is to call us immediately to come and assess and move the swarm before it decides to move into that place you don't want it to be in.
What We Do
Once a swarm is reported to us we will come and look to relocate it. There are some cases where the best thing to do is nothing at all as the swarm is only in a temporary rest spot while scout bees look for a better location. Rest spot swarms will move off on their own if they're left to their own devices. Where the swarm needs relocating however, we will do that for you by coaxing the bees and especially the queen into a transport carrier which protects them as we move them.
We have a number of places to relocate the bees to. There are teaching apiaries where we can carry on educating people about the importance of bees or specially prepared hives in the midst of orchards and other crop areas where their work in pollinating will literally bear fruit.