Honey Bee Swarm

Local beekeepers will only pick up HONEY BEE SWARMS.  It is therefore important that you only report honey bee swarms.  Some beekeepers will also help with honey bee nessts, especially if they are fresh.

 

Swarms are time sensitive so please report them ASAP.  It is free so don't wait to report them. If they fly off and you no longer need our services then update the post on the postcode page to say that they have gone, or inform a beekeeper who contacts you that they have gone and ask them to update the post to prevent you getting unnecessary phone calls and texts.

 

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Types of bee

 

 

Honey bees usually swarm between April and July and the swarms look like the images below.  If it looks like the images below you can be pretty confident that it is a honey bee swarm.  If they are still in the air, our beekeepers can tempt them down into a box with a pheromone, otherwise, they can be collected from where they gather in a ball.  

Bee Swarms  April to July

                 

 

  • Bees swarm to reproduce the colony. 
  • They are usually not aggressive and simply looking for a new home. 
  • I do however suggest that you leave them bee while you report them and wait for a beekeeper.

 

Bee Nest,  Bees in your roof?

If you get to a swarm late and they have already moved into your roof and become a bee nest then it is possible to put out a swarm trap and persuade them out of the roof if you get to them quick enough.  Time here is really important (Days not Weeks) as the longer you leave it, the more settled the colony is and the more chance there is of the queen laying eggs.  The longer they are there the harder it is to remove.

Bee nest will be evident by bees flying in and out of a hole in the brickwork or tree.  Take care, as if they have moved in and made their home here, then they could be protective if you re disturbing them. 

Something to consider when calling out one of our beekeepers to a bee nest is whether the nest is the new one or the old one.... Bees will swarm out of one nest into an evident ball before moving on somewhere else where they will land as a ball before moving into a new nest etc. It is very easy to confuse the new nest with the old nest.  The bees left behind in the old nest are fully established, have loads of eggs and brood and will show no interest in a pheromone box as they have remained and not swarmed with the outgoing queen.  Huge difference in how a beekeeper will deal with these two very different situations.

The bees nest could have been there for a long time. Many beekeepers will be happy coming to talk or to sort your bees nest but it is important that they have the correct information so please provide as much information as possible and clearly show that it is a bees nest on the form when reporting it. 

 

Bumblebee nests

Easy to spot as you will have big friendly balls of fluff flying in and out of the hole, (usually very low down or in the ground), but also in roofs.

It is possible to move bumblebee nests but it is highly ill-advised. If at all possible you should allow the bumblebees to remain where they are until the late autumn/winter and then seal up the hole if you really don't want them there the next year. The life cycle involves the release of next years queens late in the season so that the colonies can reproduce. These queens will disperse and set up new colonies for the next spring having hibernated over winter. If you disturb the nest late in the season you will likely prevent this release of new queens which will have a bad effect on the populations of bumblebees. They should be extremely docile if you leave them alone and share your garden with them.  There are some beekeepers who specialise in relocating bumblebees, so no harm in asking but do provide as much information as possible.