Sunday, January 13, 2013

Honeybee Swarm Removal Steps

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Would you like to catch bee swarms? Ask yourself are you interested in free honey bees?

Honeybees swarm usually in the spring.
This is when you will want to have fliers
made up to hang in your area. I would
suggest hanging them in gas stations, post offices, stores anywhere people will see them. You can even contact your local police and fire department and give them your contact info. The main thing is to get the word out so when someone spots a swarm they think of you. This service is usually free after all you are getting free bees.

Preparing for calls
When you get a call for a swarm you need to be ready. There are a few questions that you can ask that will help you a lot.
1. Are you sure they are honeybees?
    You'd be surprised how many people want you to remove their hornets for them.
2. How high off the ground is the swarm?
    This way you know rather to bring a ladder.
3. How long have they been there?
     If they have been there long they could leave at any moment.
4. Are they bothering anyone right now?
    Some people freak out at the sight of bees, try to keep them calm.
5. What is the swarm on.
    Swarms can land in weird places and it may help to know ahead of time.
6. How big is the swarm compared to a volleyball.
    More often than not they exaggerate, It will be beach ball size on the phone and volleyball once you     arrive.

Check list
Making sure you are prepared for your swarm job is very important. Once you get to the job you need to be professional so try not to forget your supplies. It's not a bad idea to have a list already made up off what you should take.

* Smoker with fuel
*Hive tool                                                                                                            *Hive box /w frames (Screened bottom)  for swarm
*Duct tape
* Bee brush
* Ladder if needed
*Winch straps
*Tree snips

Removing the swarm
Most of the swarms I have captured have been on low tree limbs or even a bush. A good pair of tree snip can be used to remove the limb they are on. But first try to remove any limbs that are in your way, you don't want to disturb the cluster to much. Have the box as close as you can with the lid off and a few frames removed. This gives the bees room to be shaken in. Now free the limb and shake in those bees. Once the queen goes in the rest will follow.

Sometime bees will swarm to weird places. I have seen them in flower pots, on walls, under overhangs, even on sides of vehicles. These swarms can cause unique circumstances for what you may or may not need for the job. Sometimes a cardboard box can be easiest to sweep the bees into than hold up a deep box. Remember once the queen is caught the rest will follow.

After the vast majority go into the box put the lid on both inner and outer. I wrap my box with a winch strap to secure it closed. Depending on how many bees are flying around you should tape or screen off the entrances and any open holes. Some beekeeper return that evening or early the next morning to pick up the bees. This is to capture all the of flying bees. Normally once I have the lid on I give them about 10-15 minutes them I seal the entrances. Whatever bees are still flying around should return to where they came from before the swarm or just die.

Transporting your swarm
It is important to make sure your bees are secure before loading them into your vehicle. You don't need bee crawling or flying around inside with you as your driving. It's also a good idea to make sure you will be going straight to your bee yard. No stopping for gas or food this should be done before hand. Accidents won't occur if you do not give them the chance. You don't want someone getting stung while your pumping gas. So just avoid this situation all together.                                                                        

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