Arizona Bee Swarm Removal
Leave The Bee Swarms Alone
Honeybee swarms have a completely different temperament than an established bee colony. If you have just noticed a bee swarm on a tree branch, bush or shrub around your house. 90% of the time they are just resting up and will be moving along shortly.
They are just on their way to find a new home and need some time and rest to do so. Bee swarms in Arizona are not the same as the swarms in the Mid-West and Far Eastern states in the U.S., bees travel a lot further when migrating in Arizona compared to some of the Eastern states.
When Do Bees Swarm In Phoenix
Bees start sending out swarms in Phoenix around the beginning of March and continue thru November. The heaviest times are normally March thru June depending on the weather in central Arizona.
Are Bee Swarms Dangerous
Swarms, for the most part, are not aggressive when left alone. A majority of the time it is not necessary to have a swarm removed or killed. Simply leaving them alone and letting them do their thing will save not only the bees but save you some money as well.
Scare Tactics and Fear Mongering
Companies like to take advantage of the swarm season and like to use fear to crank up their prices. The most common practice is simply to say they are Africanized and they will attack anyone and everyone around. That is simply not true of a migrating bee swarm in Arizona. There is no way to tell with the naked eye whether or not bees are Africanized or European or a hybrid and to what extent.
Established Colonies vs. Migrating Swarms
We've all seen the stories in the media about someone being attacked by a swarm of bees. This causes a lot of confusion between migrating swarms and established bee colonies. These attacks happen by established bee colonies. Usually by someone who went off trail hiking or just someone doing yard work using power tools. The most common way are by people trying to treat the bees themselves. Migrating swarms are not as dangerous as they are made out to be. Just stay calm and call around and get some information from a professional about your situation.
Should I Have The Swarm Captured?
The short answer is no. Capturing and relocating a bee swarm will cause a lot of stress for the bees and most will not make the relocation alive. Letting the bees move on naturally will cause them the least amount of stress and ensure they have a safe journey to their new home.
What to expect if you have a honey bee swarm
When bees start to swarm they like to land in trees to rest up and wait for orders from the Queen on where and when to go. This often looks like a giant basketball size of bees which is quite often mistaken for an active hive. A honey bee swarm can consist of thousand's of bee's and be very intimidating when they arrive as well as when they leave. It all happens within minutes.
What should I do if I have a Swarm in my tree?
If possible leave them alone for 24 to 72 hours and they will fly away on their own. Keep an eye on your property to make sure they don't move into or on any structures. The Queen has just decided to rest up for a bit and your tree has become a motel for a few hours or even days. This does not mean that the bees will move into your home or even your neighbors home. If the bees decide to stay longer than 4 days they need be removed.
When should a bee swarm be removed?
If they land on the structure of your home and there is visible honeycomb then they do need to be treated or removed. If you have a swarm on your property and are concerned someone might antagonize the bees or that the bees might be a danger to the public then give us a call and we will talk you through your options to getting your problem resolved.
Save some bees and some money
Save yourself some money and save some bees at the same time. Don't be another victim to unnecessary pest control, outrageous prices and scare tactics. Pass on the message that not all bee swarms need to be removed and not all the bees in Arizona are Africanized or "killer bees".