Honey Bee Swarm Capture
At Animal Remover, we provide fast and reliable swarm removal and translocation. Our number one goal is to not harm the honey bees. We can capture swarms from anywhere. Sometimes swarms can be high up and out of reach for most companies. At Animal Remover, we have in-house man lifts and can reach these heights. We have years of experience working closely with the public and in hazardous areas. Our honey bee swarm capture specialist(s) are expertly trained in swarm capture and removal. We take what can be a very stressful even sometimes scary situation and turn it into a very intuitive and seamless process. We have emergency services available 24 hours a day and can usually respond to a honey bee swarm capture within 12-24 hours of your phone call.
Honey bees swarm in spring. Swarming is when the original hive becomes crowded and a large group of worker bees and the queen leave the original hive location to form a new hive. Swarming can be a result of wild bees that have outgrown their hive or it can be a result of poor beekeeping. Wild bees are limited by the amount of space that is available in whatever they are living in. For the most part, wild bees inhabit trees and are limited by the amount of space inside the tree. Wild bees also inhabit homes, sheds, barns, and tree houses, leaving you in need of swarm capture services. If you currently have bees on your property that have inhabited one of these areas please visit our Honey Bee Removal page. Domestic bees will also swarm as a result of poor beekeeping. Beekeepers must tend to their bees and provide enough space for growth to prevent swarms. Domestic bees will swarm if they outgrow their current hive. Typically, a beekeeper will be ready and will have other hives available when swarms occur to prevent the bees from venturing away.
More Swarm Capture Information
A swarm is typically composed of about 60% of the original colony and contains tens of thousands of honey bees. The parent colony will form a new queen. Swarms are usually docile; however, you should never approach a swarm. The queen honey bee is not as strong of a flyer as the worker bees, therefore, she must rest. When resting the bees clump together and usually end up in odd places. The honey bee swarm will rest anywhere and on almost anything. Honey bee swarms will rest on tree branches, fences, homes, sheds, decks, playground equipment, construction equipment, even shopping carts. While resting scout bees will be out and about on the lookout for a new suitable hive location. A honey bee swarm will typically relocate to an area that is usually not more than 300 feet away from the original hive location. Honey bees typically swarm within sight of the parent colony. If you are standing where the swarm is occurring you can usually see the original parent colony. It may be behind a structure, or on the other side of some vegetation but it is almost always within sight of the swarm.
If you have a swarm of honey bees on your property call the swarm capture specialists at Animal Remover today!