Early spring is when honey bees swarm to reproduce. An existing colony splits and about half takes off for a new location. But sometimes the swarm gathers in a cluster before heading to their new home. You may see one that looks like this either in a tree, on a bush, or on a fence post. CBA gets many calls this time of the year from folks wanting help with swarms. To find a beekeeper in your area that has registered to catch swarms, please CLICK HERE.
Sometimes swarms may take up residence in your home and you may see them flying in and out of a hole in the siding or any place they find a spot to start a new colony. In this photo, with the siding removed, you can see how bees will sometimes build a new colony inside the wall. Removals of this type are time-consuming and beekeepers charge appropriately for this service. To find a qualified beekeeper, please CLICK HERE.
Not sure what you have?
Should you see insects flying in or around your home and you have safety concerns, call an exterminator for a consultation and they will determine which insects you are dealing with. If they do turn out to be honeybees, an exterminator will not kill them and you can use the resource link above for help from a beekeeper.