Swarm Capture & Structural Bee Removal

If you have a swarm of honey bees on your property call Ambassador Apiaries right away.  

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Swarm Capture: 

Ambassador Apiaries & Beekeeping Services provides fast and reliable swarm removal and relocation.  Our number one goal is to capture and relocate honey bees in a way that is safe for the bees and anyone in the area of the swarm.  We can capture swarms from almost anywhere. Sometimes swarms can be high up and out of reach, but with the proper equipment these swarms can be easily collected. We have years of experience working closely with the public and in hazardous areas.  We are expertly trained in swarm capture and removal, and turn what can be a very stressful, even scary situation into a stress free, bee friendly process.  Swarm captures are time sensitive, so we will return swarm calls as soon as they are received, and we can usually respond, in person, to a honey bee swarm call within 4-6 hours of your phone call.

 Why Do Bees Swarm?: 

Honey bees begin their “Swarm Season” in late Spring.  Swarming is part of the natural cycle of a healthy bee colony and occurs when the original hive becomes crowded and a large group of bees, along with the queen, leave the original hive location to form a new colony in a new location. Swarming can be a result of feral bees that have outgrown their hive or it can be a result of poor beekeeping.  Feral bees are limited by the amount of space that is available in whatever they are living in. Feral bees can inhabit trees and structures where they have gone unnoticed, and are limited by the amount of space in the cavity they have chosen.  Healthy bee colonies can swarm multiple times in a season, making identifying and relocating feral colonies important too. 

Structural Bee Removal:

As previously mentioned, feral bees also inhabit structures like homes, sheds, barns, and tree houses, leaving you in need of a structural bee removal expert. Ambassador Apiaries is at your service. If you currently have bees that have inhabited an areas on your property, and you would like them removed, please contact us immediately. 

More Swarm Capture and Structural Removal Information:

“Managed” bees will also swarm as a result of poor beekeeping. Beekeepers must tend to their bees and provide enough space for growth, or employ other practices to prevent swarms, if they don’t the bees will swarm. Typically, a beekeeper will be ready and will have other hives available when swarms occur to prevent the bees from venturing away. A swarm is typically composed of about 60% of the original colony and contains tens of thousands of honey bees. The parent colony will form a new queen. Swarms are usually docile; however, you should never approach a swarm. The queen honey bee is not as strong of a flyer as the worker bees, she must rest after only a very short flight. When resting the bees cluster together and often end up in unexpected places. The honey bee swarm will rest anywhere and on almost anything. Swarms will rest on tree branches, fences, homes, sheds, decks, playground equipment, construction equipment, even shopping carts. While resting, scout bees will be out and about on the lookout for a new suitable hive location. A honey bee swarm will typically relocate to an area that is usually not more than 300 feet away from the original hive location. Honey bees typically swarm within sight of the parent colony. If you are standing where the swarm is occurring you can usually see the original parent colony. It may be behind a structure, or on the other side of some vegetation but it is almost always within sight of the swarm.

For even more information about swarms, or beekeeping in general contact us at beeinformed@ambassadorapiaries.com