Swarms (so you think you’ve got bees?)

Please read this information carefully before contacting us about bees!

Swarms of honey bees occur naturally, usually between the months of April – August. They are least likely to sting you when in swarming mode; their abdomens are full of honey and they are more interested in finding a new home than stinging you. Also at this time they have no young (brood nest) to protect. That said; even though they are at their most docile please observe from a distance. D on’t try to poke them with a stick, and don’t spray them with a hose pipe, or try to kill them with insect spray. I’ve been out to places where all of these have been done!

PLEASE NOTE  WE DO NOT DEAL WITH BUMBLE BEES OR WASPS! CALL OUT CHARGES APPLY IF WE COME OUT TO FIND ANYTHING BUT HONEY BEES.

There are 24 different species of bumble bee lots of different solitary bees and 7 species of wasp in the UK. All are very important for different reasons (yes even wasps!!). They all have different jobs; from pollination to eating other pests and insects, so unless they are really really causing problems please leave them alone and they will be gone by late summer.

Lets get back to what we do HONEY BEES (apis mellifera)

they range in colour from almost black, to very yellowy, to ginger depending upon the breeding .

If you have a swarm and you are lucky enough to see them come in, it can be quite a sight! I have had one caller describe it as apocalyptic!! Anything up to 30000 bees in the air, swirling in a black cloud. In there somewhere will be one queen bee slightly longer than the rest.

she will land somewhere and the workers will all land around her looking something like this:

or this:

these are both settled swarms of honey bees. At this point please feel free to give us a call we will try and get out to you as soon as possible (free of charge unless it’s not honey bees).

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

David 😉