FREE SWARM COLLECTIONS
Bee Swarming begins every year in early Spring. If anyone happens to see a random large grouping of bees this Spring, please give me a call ASAP (303-578-0162). I have the experience and expertise to remove your swarm in the most effective and safe way possible, while maintaining the well being of the bees.
When you call, please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Location of the hive (i.e. in a tree, on a fence, side of house, etc…)
- Approximate distance from the swarm to the ground
- Size of the swarm (i.e. a baseball, football, basketball, etc…)
- The time and day when you first noticed the swarm and an estimate of the time it has been there
- The address of the swarm. If it is not on your property, please provide the contact information of the owner, if possible
- A telephone number for a contact person if subsequent calls are appropriate
- If you have the ability to safely take a photo, please send it to: info@LetsBeeColorado.com. It is important to take a wide shot of the swarm which shows its distance from the ground.
Save the bees! Call me (or any other local beekeeper found on the swarm list at www.DenverBee.org) so that we can give them a nice new home (and spread the honey love for everyone to enjoy)!
Please share with friends and let them know what to do when they see a swarm this Spring.
F.A.Q. ABOUT BEE SWARMS
Why do bees swarm?
They are numerous reasons that a bee hive might swarm , but it often comes as a result of a strong hive that survived over the Colorado winter. Swarming is a means by which bees propagate, and the ball of bees that you see is 50% of a previous hive that split in two. The new group of bees has temporarily located to the spot that you see while they search for a new home.
Are they dangerous when they swarm?
Usually, this is the time that bees are most gentle and non-aggressive. The primary focus of the bees is finding a new home, as they do not have honey or larvae to protect. With that being said, it is still important to maintain your distance and try not to agitate the swarm. Under no circumstances should you attempt to spray the swarm with any chemicals and/or throw anything at the swarm.
Why are them clumped up like that?
All of the worker bees are currently gathered around a single queen bee, which is located in the middle of the ball. The queen is not a strong flyer, so she is resting here while “scouting bees” are out looking for a new home. This is why it is important to get a swarm collected as soon as possible – the soffit of your home is the last place that we want to the colony to eventually choose as a new home.
What should I expect from an experienced Swarm Removal?
Any experienced beekeeper will understand the most gentle and effective way of removing your swarm. The process of relocating the bee swarm into a temporary hive box usually only takes about 30 minutes, but it may take additional time for some bees to settle into the new hive box. Also, in some instances, it may be appropriate to set up a temporary hive box during the day and then return that evening to collect all of the additional “scout bees” that were out flying around while the initial swarm removal took place. Since every bee swarm can be different in its location and size, the length of time to complete a swarm removal can vary.
As shown in the video above, once the queen has entered the temporary hive box the rest of the bees will fan her pheromones out to the rest of the hive flying around. In short time, as of them will enter the box and the entrance will be capped.
What happens to the bees after you remove them?
All of the bees will be placed into a permanent wooden hive box and located in our main apiary in Golden, Colorado. Thanks to your effort to protect the bees, this hive should live a long and happy life!