Bee swarms are a natural and beautiful thing, as long as they don’t decide to take up residence at your house.
Swarming is a natural process that is apart of the reproductive cycle of honey bees. Something we see in, and around Perth through September, October, and November.
Basically, the bees decide it’s time to expand, often the hive has simply run out of space and needs to find some new real estate.
Sometimes, the hive will split into two and a new colony will start with a new queen.
We all know we need the bees, no bees no flowers, no fruit and veg, no honey. We can not have a world with no honey!
Swarming bees are not likely to sting unless provoked, the reason being, in the center of the bee swarm is the Queen bee, the bees are simply protecting her while the scouting bees, just like the guys in Jerry Seinfeld’s, The Bee Movie, are out looking for a new place to call home. If even accidentally provoked, you may find yourself in a life-threatening situation.
Bee Swarms – What Not To Do
Bee Swarm, still sounds scary right? Well, as mentioned, they are not going to hurt you unless provoked, but, you don’t want the scouting bees, that are not with the swarm, to decide your place looks like the best real estate option.
So, the most important thing to remember is to not panic. Panicking helps no-one and can create a dangerous situation, for you and the bees.
Some species of bees are dangerous, telling the difference is a job for a professional.
Here is a little list of helpful do’s and don’ts when it comes to swarming bees:
- Stay away and keep others away.
- Move your pets away, put them inside and out of sight.
- Contact a registered local beekeeper.
- Contact a professional bee removal service.
- Do not flap your arms or shoo them, this will cause them to see you as a threat.
- Do not hose the swarm with water, this will cause them to attack.
- Do not attempt to remove them yourself.
- If you have some bees approaching you, hold your breath, and move away quickly.
Bee Hive Removal
Honey bee swarms around your home can become a beehive removal case. The best time to move or get rid of bees is when they are swarming. It can take anywhere from a few hours to several days for the scouting bees to find a good location, once this happens they are considerably harder to get rid of and the queen will start laying eggs straight away.
Always contact a professional to remove a beehive or a bee swarm. The WA Apiarists Society is a great place to find information. Always ensure any professional that removes a bee swarm or hive from your home, is fully insured and recommended.
Professionals, like the team at Swat-A-Pest, will find a safe place for the bees to live in peace, without causing danger to others.
For all your bee removal needs contact the team at Swat A Pest, did you know we are also associated with the Danny Bee Good Bee Farm? The bee farm can supply you with a hive to help your orchard or garden bloom.