Honeybee swarm season is still here. Yesterday we caught our first swarm in a western suburb of Cincinnati. We think it is still a bit early overall but if one hive has cast a swam others will be too. Usually the usual "season" for swarms is two weeks to either side of Mother's Day. The cooler the lead in to Spring the later it happens.
Swarms are, simply put, a honey bee splitting into two viable colonies. The old queen moves with a portion of the workers and drones to a new location to set up a new hive. It is the natural way that honey bees continue to sustain their species. The size of the swarm can range in size from a thousand to ten-thousand bees. The queen, because of her size can only travel short distances so she must rest often as the swarm moves. Thus the swarm will look like a cloud o bees at one moment and then a dense single cluster on a tree branch or fence board, usually the size of a football, the next. Most people notice the bees when they cluster up into a single mass.
More on the behavior of honey bee swarms can be found visiting this Wikipedia entry: Honey Bee Swarms.
Swarms pose little threat to humans. Bees, as an insect are normally docile if left alone. Swarms tend to be even more docile as the bees have ingested three or four days worth of honey. Rain or barometric changes can cause them to become defensive though. Households with sting related allergies should avoid them. Do not not attempt to kill them. We can remove them for you.
Carriage House Farm offers swarm removal during this main season at no charge. The bees need a home and everyone prefers that the do not take up residence in a structure or be killed by someone that wants to spray them. We collect the bees, place them into a hive at one of our several bee yards and then let the build up into a producing colony that we harvest honey and pollen the following year.
We travel up to 20 miles from zipcode 45052.
So, if you see a swarm give us a call: 513-967-1106
We will need details before traveling such as location and size of the swarm, height off the ground, access to the location. You can text us at the contact number above and send photos of the swarm as well. We will schedule a retrieval with an hour or so of your phone call or if late in the day, an early morning removal.
Save the bees! We need them!