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A swarm is part of a colony of bees that has left its home – either a hive or perhaps a hollow tree.
When a swarm first issues from a colony, it will usually fly around for a short while and then settle, possibly on the branch of a tree. The swarm will then send scouts to find a new home and then, when they have found one, will move to it. A swarm may hang up for just a few minutes or for several days, but when it moves off it will be gone in a couple of minutes.
A large swarm will make a considerable amount of noise as it is flying around and can be quite frightening to the non-beekeeper. However, most swarms are very docile and will not sting as they are full of food for their journey.
However I do not recommend you approach or try to deal with any swarm – contact a bee keeper.
- If the swarm is still flying around wait for it to settle – beekeepers cannot collect swarms in mid-air!
- Keep people – especially children – well back from the swarm so that it remains settled.
- Contact a beekeeper immediately – the local police will have contact numbers.
- Give a sensible estimate of the size of the swarm – rugby ball, coconut, tennis ball.
- Give an honest estimate of the height of the swarm above the ground and whether there are good ladders available to reach it – remember that the beekeeper will need to get up beside it.
Please DO NOT
- Try to swat them – bees like slow movements, so move slowly and calmly
- Never attempt to deal with a swarm yourself in any way
- Never try to kill the bees, especially with insecticide. This will certainly end in failure and may well provoke the bees to attack; it will, at the very least, leave the remaining bees disorientated and unmanageable so that most beekeepers will then refuse to help you
- If bees land on your hair, do not flap at them or try to brush them away – you will rub them into your hair and they will then sting! Try to remain calm and let them fly away when they are ready.
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