Buzz… Swarming Bees
Bees swarm when the colony is expanding. The old queen and half the worker bees leave their nest to look for a new home. The swarm can look like a dark cloud drifting. Hollowed-out trees and other dark cavities make ideal new homes. If the bees can’t find a new nesting site, they may make their home on a tree limb or overhang on a house.
Check out the picture below – this swarm is on a tree in Medford. It can contain between 5,000 to 20,000 bees.
When the homeowner called us, we contacted a local bee keeper to rescue the swarm. Suburban Exterminating maintains a list of bee keepers who are willing to rescue a swarm which you might find in your yard. If you are interested in becoming a part of this apiarist list, please give us a call at (516) 864-6900 or (631) 864-6900
If you spot a bee swarm, stay away – the bees will sting if provoked.
Our experts can help you to spot the difference between wasps, bees, and other stinging pests.