Don’t Spray a Swarm!
??It’s National Pollinators Week, and swarm season! ??
Beginning in June and ending in September or October, honey bees start to swarm. This is a natural event that is meant to increase the bee population.
What happens is that a hive becomes crowded, and (usually) the old queen and about half of the bees in a hive leave to start a new colony.
A virgin queen, or a queen cell, along with the other half of the bees stay in their original home.
The bees that leave will head out and hang in a cluster, usually on a tree branch. They’ll send scout bees out to look for a suitable new home. Once a suitable home is found, the bees will all take flight and move into their new digs.
They usually only hang out in a cluster for a few hours to a day or two. They’re most often very gentle while swarming because they have no home to defend.
If you see a swarm, call a beekeeper!! If you’re near the thumb or Tri-Cities, contact us, Bee Lovely Botanicals. In most cases, we can safely remove them and give them the cozy new home they’re so desperately searching for.
DO NOT SPRAY THEM!! If they frighten you, just let them ‘bee’ 😉 , knowing they’ll probably be gone by the next day. Please share this post to help #savethebees !