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Found a SWARM of bees in your garden?

Save the Bees! Contact your local beekeeper first

2012-07-25 08.18.49What does a collectable swarm look like?

The picture shows a small swarm of honey bees which has gathered on a holly bush branch in a back garden. If your swarm looks like this – and is easily accessible then we may be able to deal with it. Typically bees will stay in this swarm cluster for a few hours before moving on (maybe even a couple of days).

For swarms found in East Lothian call Bryden 01875 811387

IMPORTANT: If the swarm is not out in the open, clustered and accessible we won’t be able to collect the swarm. In this situation please either contact your local council’s Pest Control Dept or a private Pest Control Contractor.

If I am not available or you are too far away try East Lothian Beekeepers Association

Why call you, do I just call pest control?
Sometimes they will call a beekeeper but failing that they’ll kill the bees! We will give them a new home and look after them.

Why do bees swarm?
Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen.

Is the swarm dangerous?
No. Honey bees in a swarm are unlikely to be aggressive and sting anyone unless you attack the bees. At this stage they do not have a home to defend and they have filled up with honey in preparation for the flight to their permanent home. If the honey bees stay and construct a wax nest they will become aggressive if you disturb them.

What do you do with the collected swarm?
We give the colony a new home on one of our apiary sites.