Bee Swarms
Honeybee colonies swarm to perpetuate themselves and protect their kind from extinction. Swarming is a natural process of reproduction at the colony level. A colony divides, and part of it leaves for a new homesite, while the remaining members continue at the original site. In this manner, a single unit becomes two. While this is a normal occurrence of honeybees, it becomes a nusicence in an urban area.

If you think you have a swarm on your property first make some observations so that you can effectively communicate the problem to a beekeeper or pest control person before you call.

Are they honeybees, africanized bees, wasps, yellow jackets or hornets?

Africanized bees look like honeybees but are very aggressive in behavior; they will give chase and sting a lot, whereas european honeybees demonstrate a milder temperament, stinging only if they are disturbed. If the bees are very aggressive it is better to exterminate them.

Is there a nest? Is it made out of paper? Does it look like grey cardboard or brown lint? Is the nest in the ground? If the answer to these questions is yes, they are probably wasps, yellow jackets or hornets.

Are the bees hanging in mass in a tree? If so, they are a in a temporary swarm site and will move away in a few hours or a few days. The sooner you call a beekeeper to remove them in this state the better because their next stop will be a more permanent structure like an out building, eaves of a house or a hollow tree. Oftentimes a beekeeper can easily remove them to a hive box giving them the permanent home they are seeking.

Are the bees coming and going from a wall, eaves or other part of a building? If so, how long have they been there? This is most likely an established hive and will require a full hive removal which oftentimes involves opening the wall to remove the bees, honey and comb; then repairing the space so it will not be recolonized. Even if the colony is exterminated the bees, brood, comb and honey should be removed to prevent problems with other pests that may be attracted to it. Also it can ferment and stink and the wax may melt and discolor walls or drip inside the building. When calling someone to remove an established swarm in a building make sure they are a licensed and insured pest control individual.

beegirl.biz will pick-up swarms in east Dallas and the surrounding communities that are in water valve boxes on the ground, or are hanging low in a tree, otherwise we will refer you to a licensed and insured bee removal expert.

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Open Hive
Meter Box Swarm
Tree Swarm
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