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FREE Honeybee Swarm Retrieval Service!

Spring is the time of year when honeybees (particularly the feral ones) are thinking about swarming! For those of us who raise bees, it’s exciting. For those who don’t deal with bees on a regular basis, it can be a little scary! If you have a “ball o’ bees” come visit your yard, don’t panic!

First off, if they are clustered on a tree, swingset, or some other outdoor structure…they’re only there for a visit and a rest. They will move on before too awfully long, almost certainly by nightfall. If you do nothing else, just stay away from them, and PLEASE do not set them on fire, spray them with chemicals, hit them with the garden hose, or wave smoking branches at them. Honeybees are critical pollinators of our fruit trees, and as much as 1/3 of our food supply comes from bee-pollinated sources. They are suffering record losses in recent years, and we need to help them, not squash them! And when they are swarming, they are unusually docile, as they are full of honey for their journey and they have no home to defend.

If you have a swarm appear within Clark County, WA, call me at 360-903 0506 and if I am available I will come get your visiting swarm from you, provided it is less than 10′ off the ground and has not taken up permanent residence inside a structure.  (If you have a swarm inside a wall or structure, I do have friends who can handle that as well, so feel free to contact me!)  I will take your swarm and put it to work pollinating and producing honey, and they’ll be delighted to have their own custom-made home without having to keep searching!   I would be happy to share a jar of honey with any swarm-spotters as well, though you might have to wait until fall for the reward!

If you have any question about what you’re seeing in your yard, do a Google image search for “honeybee swarm” .   A swarm, once it has landed, will cluster up, usually on a tree branch or some other structure such as a swingset or birdbath. Honeybees DO NOT live in the ground, and they do not build paper nests. They are also basically smooth and not fat and fuzzy like bumblebees.  Most “beehives” I get calls about are either underground bumblebee nests or paper wasp nests hanging from someone’s eaves or tree limbs.

If you can’t reach me and don’t want to wait for your bee swarm to leave, you can try a couple of local Swarm Lists:

http://www.bees-on-the-net.com/washington-beekeepers.html

http://www.ruhlbeesupply.com/swarmlist/wa.html