Bees swarming is a natural occurrence most often in Spring. Bee swarms are identified by a mass of bees clustered on a post or hanging from a tree or some other structure and looks like a live bunch of grapes. The bees may stay in this cluster for a few minutes up to a few days while they look for a new home.
Swarming bees are not dangerous and are just looking for a new home and should be left alone, do not spray them with a hose, smoke or insecticide as you may get stung. The bees will not harm you if they are left alone!
The HBKA has members who are willing to collect swarms of bees, or nests in houses or gardens, when members of the public prefer to have them removed. They will be happy to discuss any Honeybee matters with curious members of the public.
A List of Swarm Collectors will appear here in early 2018.
Please be aware of and responsible for your own and others safety when picking up a swarm, do not take unnecessary risks; bees will always look after themselves.
Do not overreach horizontally or vertically, stand on anything, which could be unsafe, and be aware of spectators coming too close for example to take a picture.
Also, make sure you have all your equipment ready to hand and are properly suited before approaching the swarm.
If you experience a situation where you are uncomfortable when faced with picking up a swarm, please call Roger Wood or David Hetherington who may be able to help.
Pest controller: Rural Pest Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org is the email ask for Rob 07888678874.
Please refer to our website to look for members who want a swarm for themselves.
You may be able to help get a new beekeeper started by providing a swarm for them.