|Honeybee swarm clustered on a branch|
Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955 (home)
Jacob Esh 802-447-0198 (work) 802-442-3418 (home)
John Letourneau 802-753-5773 (home)
Brian McKay, Cambridge NY, 518-677-8670 (home)
Kevin Robinson 518-686-8286 (home)
Jim O'Clair Pittstown/Hoosick/Brunswick 518-892-5666
Amy Musante (Eastern MA/Pownal) 413-770-3321 (cell) amybeekeeper@Gmail.com
Things to know about swarms:
- a swarm of honeybees will not attack you.
- swarming is how one hive of honeybees becomes two hives.
- a swarm typically will cluster in a tree for a few hours to a day or so while it searches for a permanent home.
- the most common months for swarming are May through July.
- please don't kill them, honeybees pollinate 30% of our food
- Don't simply spray the bees, doing so may get rid of the bees, but you will still have honey and beeswax in the space. Honey and beeswax will attract mice and a variety of bugs.
- Beekeepers will remove the hive for a small fee, or if they are easy to get to, for free.
- Hive removal often involves some minor demolition to get to the bees.
- The property owner is generally responsible for making the necessary repairs.
- If a hive is in a building in the fall or winter, it often is best to wait until spring (April) to remove the bees.