Bees swarm when they feel overcrowded. It is a natural occurrence.
Bees swarm when they feel overcrowded. It is a natural occurrence. A swarm occurs when the queen bee, accompanied by several thousand worker bees leaves the nest (wild) or beehive and searches for a new home.
Upon leaving the nest or hive, the swarm will often only travel a short distance (up to 100m) and gather on a nearby tree branch, house eave or other handy structure while scout bees travel further a-field to locate a permanent site.
If you have a bee swarm in your backyard or local area please do not try and kill or interfere with the bees— you are likely to anger the bees and get stung. The bees will not harm you if they are left alone! Remember the important role bees play in fertilizing many of our nuts, fruit and vegetables. Why not try to contact a beekeeper to have the swarm removed and placed in a beehive?
Contacting a beekeeper
Many amateur beekeepers will collect swarms in their local area as a community service. The beekeeper will need to know the exact location of the swarm, its size and how long it has been there. They will need to be able to get a beebox to the swarm and may leave the box there for a day or two. They will probably collect the bee box at night. Remember to check to see if they charge any fee to cover expenses.
If you are a member of the Amateur Beekeepers Association, and are willing to collect swarms, please login to update your contact details.
If you have found a swarm of bees, and would like a beekeeper to remove them, please contact your local club.