Bee Swarm? Don’t Panic!

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An example of a bee swarm

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!

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