Bees have "moved in"......

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by NWMO, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. NWMO

    NWMO Well-Known Member

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    Recently, when mowing our pasture, we hit a large hive of bees.......we tried not to disturb them any further......and have seen nor heard from them since last Thursday.

    Tonight, while working in the yard, a large swarm of bees flew around for about 20 minutes and ended landing on a large lilac bush near our garage. The group is so large that limbs from the bush are now nearly laying on the ground......

    Am I safe to assume that they are "on the move" to a new location and are just "hanging out here temporarily?" Any advice on what to do/not do?
     
  2. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Question: What will the swarm of honey bees do next if I don't do anything?


    Scout bees from the swarm will fly out to try to find a permanent home. If they find a suitable cavity they return to the swarm and perform a dance within the cluster communicating the location, size and other information about the possible new home. Bees receiving this information will fly to this location to investigate. When a sizable number of bees do the dance for a given location the entire swarm will leave and fly to the new nest site.


    Question: How long does it take bees to find a new home?


    It could take just a few hours, several days or it may not occur at all. If the scout bees do not find a suitable site they may begin building an exposed nest at the swarm location (in a tree, on the side of your house, etc.) This nest may become a problem to you. If you want a beekeeper to capture the swarm it is important to contact him or her as soon as possible. It is best to telephone the beekeeper.


    Question: Is the swarm dangerous?


    No. Honey bees in a swarm are unlikely to be aggressive and sting anyone unless you attack the bees. At this stage they do not have a home to defend and they have filled up with honey in preparation for the flight to their permanent home. If the honey bees stay and construct a wax nest they will become aggressive if you disturb them.

    This information is found here with other things of intrest.
    http://www.sembabees.org/toplevelpages/swarm.html

    I hope that answers your questions.

    :D Al
     

  3. busybee870

    busybee870 Well-Known Member

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    get a hive and place it near the swarm, if you dont want them theres plenty folks that do!! or call your local beekeeping org theyll come get them gladly
     
  4. NWMO

    NWMO Well-Known Member

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    Was given a number of a beekeeper this morning. He is on his way to pick them up.