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What do I do if a swarm of bees turns up?

If you have a swarm of bees - DON'T PANIC. The first thing to check is if they are honey bees. If they really are honey bees then ring your local beekeepers association. For more details on how to check what you have got and get help see our swarms page.

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The one that got away

At first we thought our efforts had been in vain and that our bees were swarming.  Our hives looked active, yes, but not as if they were about to, or had recently, swarmed.

This was yesterday, after creating our nuc, we saw about 25 or so bees around next door's chimney.  A few had been checking out our old abandoned hive (yes, still not cleaned up) and the bait hive and we had put more lures in the near vacinity.  The chimney definitely seemed a preferable bet.  So, the swarm was nearby we thought.  A walk around the village yeilded no results - apart from panicking or intriguing some of the neighbours.  At least they now know we have bees so the grapevine should work well when the next swarm turns up in someone's garden.

Then, when we returned - to assess the situation - there seemed to be less bees.  No change in our hives; we were still convinced there were no scout bees leaving our apiary.   But there were only one or two bees around the chimney.  So, maybe the bees' keeper had returned to his/her apiary and found and retrieved the swarm in time.  Either that or the bees had found a better home.  Whatever had happened, we didn't get the swarm - not this time.

Our neighbours found some dead bees in a downstairs room today so the bees must have found their way inside the house but didn't make it out again.  Of course, we assured them they weren't ours - honest!
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Posted by sally on Friday 27 June 2008 - 00:59:12 |printer friendly