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Thursday, June 25, 2015

HONEY BEE Swarm Call List Available

This is the start to the season that Honey Bees decide they need to move from their current "home" to relocate someplace else. Sometimes you may only see them for a brief time in a tree, on a car, on the side of a house or any other place they decide to land. Sometimes they will stay a little longer while their "scouts" look for a new "home". You may only have a little time to contact a beekeeper or you might have all day or overnight. You might not want these bees to locate in "your house" so immediate action is often required.

When they swarm, you will see a large conglomerate of bees all grouped together. This is often a time that they are most gentle. 

North Central PA Beekeepers are interested in Saving the Honey Bee Swarms that might develop in Potter, McKean, Tioga, Cameron, and Elk Counties. 

We have constructed a list of names and contact information that we hope will help anyone who happens to have a HONEY BEE swarm in their yard or on their property.

The list is available by contacting Joan Bradley at snowmobilj@frontiernet.net

We hope that if you are a member of a police department, fire department or other rescue associations that you might have a place to post the list or use it in case you get calls about local swarms.

It is also available to individuals upon request.

This list is compiled for recapture of Honey Bees Only, not other bees or insects.

This list is volunteers and so if the job is too difficult or they feel they cannot do it safely they have the right to turn down any job or charge a fee to cover expenses.

Most of the people will not collect Honey Bee swarms from inside buildings and walls.
Honey Bee Swarms are Honey Bees that attach themselves into a hanging ball of bees on a tree branch, fence post, side or eaves of a building or other object. You will see bees with no covering whatsoever.

Hives on the other hand, are established Honey Bee colonies that reside inside tree hollows, wall cavities, ceilings, attics, etc. Honey Bees DO NOT build grey paper structures on the eaves of houses. 

The contacts listed are beekeepers or individuals interested in providing a service and protecting Honey Bees. This list was compiled by the North Central PA Beekeepers Assoc. The people listed may or may not be members of the association. In either case the association bears no responsibility and assumes no liability in the manner of which individuals provides services.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

AS CHILDREN,OUR DAD TAUGHT US TO GET A METAL BUCKET AND A WOODEN SPOON OR STICK AND DRUM THE BEES DOWN. MY LITTLE SISTER TRIED THIS ONE DAY IN ABOUT 1953 AND IT WORKED FOR HER .THEY SWARMED ON A SMALL TREE IN OUR FRONT YARD AND SHE GOT A METAL PAN AND A BOX AND A WOODEN SPOON, AFTER SCHOOL ONE DAY AND DRUMMED THE BEES DOWN INTO THE BOX UNTIL MY FATHER CAME HOME.MY FATHER HANDLED BEES WITH OUT GLOVES OR A MASK . THEY NEVER STUNG HIM THAT I RECALL. WE CUT OUR LAST BEE TREE IN 1956 UP TOWARDS CLARMONT ALONG THE OLD RAIL ROAD GRADE ABOVE THE OLD ANCHOR IN MARVIMDALE,PA.

Anonymous said...

I was working next to a bee hive (yellow jackets) and a wise old man told me "leave them bee's alone and they will leave you alone". I got stung!

Unknown said...

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