Think you have a honey bee swarm? Honey bee swarms can be fairly easy to identify; Typically a large mass of bees, clinging to a tree, fence, side of your house, or even on the ground.
Not sure what a honey bee looks like, compare the insects below:
If you have a swarm of honey bees, don’t panic. 99% of the time, honey bee swarms are quite docile. The bees don’t feel defensive, because they are too busy focusing their attention on finding a new home. It is unlikely they will sting, simply because they have no home to defend. As a precaution, I would recommend removing any pets or children who may be interested end up too close for comfort.
If you have a swarm of honey bees hanging in a cluster, now is the time to give us a call. A swarm in a cluster is easy to catch, whereas a swarm that moves into your soffit, or a garage wall, or a tree, will be much harder to remove. Put down the pesticides, and don’t call an exterminator. Honey bees are generally quite gentle, and if we can save them, we will!
If left to their own devices, a swarm of bees will wait for scout bees to find an ideal (or less than ideal) place to build a new hive. This could be a cavity in a tree, or in the wall of your house! Once they move into a less than ideal home (ie, your wall), then removing them may require some demolition to do whats known as a “cut-out”.
So if you have a swarm of honey bees in the Greater Sudbury area, or if honey bees have moved into your house/garage/chimney/etc… please send me an email! doug -at- douglasapiaries dot com