Have you seen a SWARM of HONEY BEES ?!?!? * Bee swarm season is almost over. * Beekeepers are desperately seeking honey bees to replace bees that may have died during the last winter. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is an even worse problem NOW than when first named in 2006! Normally some of the local beekeepers are prepared to collect or remove swarms FREE OF CHARGE.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU KNOW they are HONEY Bees!
Nice closeup of a Honey Bee by Gustavo Mazzarollo http://www.flickr.com/photos/40754330@N03/5048947720
NOT wasps, hornets or other Spectacular Insects!http://www.flickr.com/groups/Spectacular_Insects/
For BEES PLEASE Contact a LOCAL beekeeper immediately, either through;
Southern Tier Beekeepers Association, Earl Villecho 693-1571
Please do NOT CALL an exterminator, they only want $$, have no interest in SAVING the BEES!
“Feral Bees Through the Seasons” high in Illinios Tree Julie Dodge
3) Do NOT spray with pesticides or water, as this may kill the Queen and other bees.
4) A fresh, newly emerged from the hive, HONEY bee swarm usually will not sting as they are concerned with FINDING & moving to a new home.
5) If possible, please tell the beekeeper:
a) How high is the swarm; what is it on? Hanging from a building, on a tree branch, on the tree trunk.
b) How long do you think it has been there? (Did any of your neighbors noticed it before you?)
c) About how big is the swarm; Softball, Basketball [pumpkin/watermelon], or a much larger size?
Other BeeKeeper groups, if you are not in our local Broome County area, will normally have lists of beekeepers on their “swarm list”, as does the Empire State Honey Producers Association.
or the Cornell Cooperative Extension (County Master Gardener) Helpline.
Generally a bee colony will start a queen by moving a new egg to a queen cell, then when a new queen is about ready to emerge, hive will send out SCOUT bees to find a new home.
The existing older queen and a large proportion of bees swarm out, this is their way of creating a new colony. Later on, early summer to early fall, a swarm may have a virgin queen instead.
The bees may alight on a branch or other place for only a few hours or maybe a day. They then soon leave to a more sheltered permanent place; such as a hollow tree, abandoned building, house soffit, or other supposedly suitable location.
1) Unless you are known as being allergic (Have an IMMEDIATE WHOLE BODY reaction to a HoneyBee sting!), If you see a HONEY bee(s) checking out your house for entrances, try to observe them a few minutes to see where they are entering or exiting. From just a little distance, such as 5 to 10 feet, it is very doubtful that a bee would approach (you should be completely safe just watching or taking pictures of them). GET ready to call an available local BeeKeeper! What you may be seeing are SCOUT bees looking for a suitable, new home.
2) When you see a hanging swarm, OR a big circle of bees on the outside of a building, (maybe even see a flying swarm, about the size of a basketball.) Swarms could be even larger; early in the spring (When the dandelions are first blooming!), or smaller; late spring or early summer. At this point the swarm will have many SCOUT bees looking for a suitable, new home the group agrees on!