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Each spring swarms of bees leave the hives with a fresh new queen looking for a new place to call home. Whilst in transit they resemble what you might expect to see in a cartoon, a mass of insects flying through the air in a flexible oval shape. These swarms of bees will also settle in seemingly quite random places to rest before moving on. Maybe due to the Queens size and shorter wings she is unable to fly long distances without stopping for a break? The result of this pit stop can be a quite frightening mass of bees buzzing through the air and the formation of what can be a football size gathering numbering many thousand hanging on a branch limb.
If in an accessible place these renegade swarms can caught and moved to an awaiting beehive, a service we provide locally to Bury St Edmunds and throughout Suffolk. Further afield we have lists of beekeepers so that a local bee keeper will usually be able to arrive and save the bees from being destroyed.
When bees have entered a loft or wall cavity the safe removal of the bees is very unlikely, and a decision must be made by the owner as to their comfortableness at living with a bees nest somewhere on their property. We always take the view to save the bees as being our first option, unfortunately situations where vunerable people may be at risk or those whom are more sensitive to venoms destruction of the bees is an option available. A fully mature nest can support 40,000 individual bees.
If a new swarm of bees arrives at your property they may well move on in a few days, once the queen is rested or decides to look for a better place to live. If they are in a visable mass they may well be saved by a beekeeper. If you are unsure feel free to call us.
If bees have been living in a cavity at a property for sometime they will have inevitably created a combe and deposited a quanity of honey. Should these bees need to be destroyed the entrance points to their nest is best filled to prevent another swarm being attracted to the pre-built structure and honey supply. Foraging bees from other hives may well enter and come into contact with the insecticide used previously. Proofing against such events is thoroughy advised to avoid destroying more bees than necessary.