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What to do if you see a SWARM of Bees!!
The words "Swarm of Bees" may seem scary to some, but to the bee keeper it's an opportunity!
Starting in the month of May through to as late as July, Honeybees can swarm.
Keep a look out on the first sunny day after the rain. Listen for the buzzing sound, you may hear them before you see them.
Queen bees lay lots of eggs daily and the hive can become full of bees. The existing queen will leave with more than half of the colony of bees from the hive. They will leave behind a queen cell (often more than one) so a new queen will emerge soon after the existing queen leaves.
Watching a swarm leave the hive is quite exhilarating. They fly up in a coordinated black cloud of bees and eventually land in a tree or even in the grass.
They will settle into a cluster and can appear quite docile. They will have gorged themselves with all the honey they could eat just before they leave their old home. It is not wise to disturb them but there is a way to capture them.
If you see a swarm of bees and would like someone to come and get them please call one of our club members.
John Farina 604-462-1106 Maple Ridge, Mission
Dan Telep 778-789-4454 Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission
Daniel McCarthy 778-982-2398 Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Walnut Grove, and North Langley
Don Lamb 604-526-2875 Anywhere
Heath Chapman 604-637-7947 Anywhere
Loretta Jackson 604-826-6040 Mission & Maple Ridge/Deroche
Rob McMurtry 604-512- 9453 Tri Cities
Roy 604-686-3086 Anywhere
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