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Swarms

SwarmIf you see what looks like a huge cloud of bees, making a loud buzzing noise, that is a swarm. It is quite natural and swarming bees are usually harmless - but keep pets and children indoors just in case.

The swarm will eventually come to rest as a large ball of bees on a tree, bush or wall. It may go into a hole in a wall or a hollow tree.

Local Beekeepers want to know about swarms, as they collect them to make new hives.

Tell us .. where the swarm is .... how long you think it has been there ... and roughly how big it is - the size of a football, or bigger, or the size of a tennis ball. Is it on a bush or high up in a tree or on a fence or has it gone into a hole in a tree or a wall? This helps us to plan what equipment we'll need. You may be asked if you can take a photograph and send to follow up your telephone call.

We will send someone round as quickly as possible to collect the swarm and remove it. If the swarm is not collected, it will probably die off, so you are doing the bees a favour by reporting them.

To arrange for a swarm to be collected ring either: 07759 980928 or 07770 796122.

BEES IN YOUR HOUSE

If honeybees or bumblebees have already made a nest in the walls or roof of your house, please do not contact us. There is little we as beekeepers can do to remove the nest without dismantling part of the wall or roof. Bees of all types are very important to wildlife, and should not be destroyed unless absolutely necessary. The bees will not cause any damage to your property, and will not cause any problems if left alone. If they are bumblebees, they will die off in the winter and the entrance hole can then be blocked to prevent further nests being made.

However, if you are sure that you want the nest destroyed, please contact the local Council or a Pest Control company.


If you are not in the Bridgend County area please do a web search for beekeeping associations in your location they will also be happy to help.

This is a Honeybee

Honeybee

This is a Bumblebee

Bumblebee

This is a Wasp

Wasp
                               

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