Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies. A new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees, a process called swarming. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the location, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season.
Encountering a bee swarm for the first time can be alarming. Bees tend to swarm near their hives or honeycombs, so if a swarm is visible then a nest is nearby. Swarms are usually not aggressive unless provoked, so it is important to keep a good distance from the swarm. If the bees feel threatened, they will use their stingers and release a pheromone to alert the other bees of the threat, resulting in a large bee attack.
Our team is experienced in removing new swarms that have just arrived and the aggressive bees that have become a serious problem. We have a policy of ‘no extermination’ making us environmentally friendly, but we do take public safety into consideration and only in extreme circumstances do we exterminate swarms.