Swarms

At the moment BABKA members are allowed to tend bees and collect swarms.

But, this situation may change and we will be keeping it under review during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Collection of swarms will be done under strict Covide-19 guidelines.

Why Do Bees Swarm?

The most common type of swarm we see is a reproductive swarm. This happens when bees outgrow their current hive. When this happens, a new queen is hatched and the majority of the hive leaves to find a new home. During this process, you will often see stories of a swarm that has gathered on a tree or the side of a home. 

The bees gather in this fashion because scout bees are out trying to find the swarm a new permanent home. Even though this large gathering of bees is generally docile,

Honey bee swarms are not highly dangerous under most circumstances. Swarming honey bees feed prior to swarming, reducing their ability to sting. Further, bees away from the vicinity of their nest (offspring and food stores) are less defensive and are unlikely to sting unless provoked.

Should a swarm alight in an inconvenient place, i.e. near people, the best advice is to get out of the area. "Try not to wave your arms about or swat the bees as you leave. They react to the movements in the only way they can and that is to sting.

Rather than approach the swarm, call a local beekeeper or honey company for a recommendation on someone that can safely remove the hive. If you call a pest control company they will not come out to a swarm of honey bees. Additionally, a beekeeper will usually remove them free because they are going to add the bees to their own managed hives.

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Please identify what type of flying insects you have before calling us.  

Unfortunately we are not able to collect wasps, hornets, solitary bees or bumblebees, you should contact your local authority or pest control contractor to have them removed

On contacting us please provide as much information as possible.

Honey Bee

Honey bees make honey from pollen and nectar collected from flowers. They live in large colonies with one queen, many sterile females workers and some male drones. In the wild honey bees nest in hollow trees.

When a new queen emerges, she embarks on a mating flight. On returning to her hive, with help from the workers, she kills the failing, old queen. Alternatively, before the new queen emerges, the old queen may leave with a swarm of workers to form a new colony.

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Bumblebees

Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the decking, in the compost? Bumblebees are important pollinators. Leave the nests alone if possible. They will die out at the end of summer and will cause no further problems. Bumblebees rarely sting or attack people or animals and should therefore not be disturbed.

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Wasps

Is it bright yellow with black stripes? Very smooth, mainly yellow with black stripes? Is it in the roof of your house? Are they coming from a round nest in a tree? Is there a nest in the shed? Do they have a high pitched buzz? Are they after all things sweet? Then these are probably wasps.

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European hornet

It is rarely aggressive unless the colony is threatened. Queens emerge from hibernation during the spring, and they search for a suitable location in which to start a new nest. The queen begins to build the nest with chewed wood pulp, and a few eggs are laid in individual paper cells; these eggs develop into non-reproductive workers. When 5-10 workers have emerged, they take over the care of the nest, and the rest of queen's life is devoted solely to egg laying. The nest grows throughout the summer, reaching its peak size towards mid September. 

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Contact Form Re-Swarms
After submitting your request you will be contacted and asked to supply photos of the swarm before a beekeeper will be sent out.
This is to cut down on the amount of calls to bumble bees and other insects that we often get called out to.
We will only send a beekeeper out to Honey Bees.
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Information required: We will need the exact location of swarm Postcode, Address, Location of bees (ground, tree etc), Height off ground, Permission to enter property, How long it has been there (the longer the more hungry and irritable they will be and more likely to depart soon)

Thanks for submitting!