A swarm of bees can be one of the most fascinating, and sometimes frightening, sights you will ever see. Experiencing a buzzing and writhing pack of tens of thousands of bees can surely be unnerving. But honey bee swarms are actually quite docile, temporary, and fast-moving. In fact, the reason behind the swarming behavior gives a really interesting look into bee behavior. If you do see a swarm of honey bees, never attempt to kill or upset them. Instead, contact your local, professional bee removal service who can humanely relocate the swarm to a San Diego beekeeper.
Why Do Honey Bees Swarm
As springtime rolls around, the population of the colony begins to proliferate after the cold winter months. More and more worker bees are produced, making it difficult for them to have access to the queen bee. The queen bee senses that it’s time to split the colony, so she begins to produce a new queen bee to take over her old hive. When the time is right, the queen and her worker bee friends, usually about 60% of the colony, take off in search of their new digs.
Scout bees direct the newly formed swarm to a temporary hangout, like a tree, branch, or signpost, that is usually close to the old hive. As most of the bees gather in a big clump around the queen, a number of scout bees get to work searching for the perfect new home for the colony. They are looking for a location that is large enough to house the colony but is still safe and protected. The scout bees then return to the queen with options for their new homes which they promote by doing a dance that communicates the distance, quality, and location of the new hive.
The process for deciding on the final location is quite fascinating! Each scout bee will show their enthusiasm for their choice by dancing. The fervor of the dance moves can even convince other scout bees to take a look at the new site for themselves. After all, the more frenetic the dancing, the more amazing the place must be! After several hours or sometimes days, a crowd-favorite will emerge. The decision is typically made when about 80% of the scout bees approve of the new hive or nest. Now the colony will quickly begin the journey to their new home.
As you can see, honey bees do not waste much time finding their new home. The bees will fill up with honey and nectar before leaving the old hive; however, they will not have access to food again during the swarming process. Because there is no honey to defend and not much extra energy to expend, honey bees are typically not very aggressive in a swarm. They are merely house shopping!
Even so, it is never a good idea to disturb swarming bees. If you have a swarm of honey bees on your property, call in the experts to safely and humanely relocate the colony to a local San Diego beekeeper. Bees can do a great deal of damage to your home. Make sure you remove them in the safest way possible with the experts at D-Tek Live Bee Removal.