With Spring, lots of honeybees are starting their warm-season foraging. And with that foraging comes expanding bee colonies, and the potential for bees to need to leave their hive for a larger space to raise their young and store up food for the winter. When bees leave a previous hive, and settle while looking for a new one, they congregate in a large mass, called a swarm.
- Don’t panic! Unless they are protecting their hive, swarming bees usually don’t sting unless provoked.
- A swarm is the natural reproduction of a bee colony.
Usually March-June, but can be anytime until October
- A swarm is usually “hanging” on an item in a clump -softball size to bigger than a basketball.
- Bees may also make a hive in odd spaces.
- DO NOT spray with water, chemicals, or pesticides.
- Call a beekeeper ASAP to re-home. When in doubt, google!
- Be prepared to answer questions relating to swarm size, location, property owner, etc.- and take a picture!