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Friday, May 24, 2019

Honey Bees are about to start swarming again

It is that time of year again when Honey Bees start to swarm.
This is a natural process that the bees go through every year, sometimes even several times a year.

Honey Bees are building up now after their winter losses. They are bringing in lots of nectar to make into the honey you eat.The honey Bees feel crowded and need to expand, so what do they do they swarm.

About 1/2 the Honey Bees leave their home with a queen to find a new home.Usually they go to a location in the open and send out scout bees to locate a new home. When the scout bees find a suitable location they all move on to that location.

It is usually in the temporary location, which can last from minutes to a few days, that most people see them and they are easiest for a beekeeper to retrieve them.
When you see a swarm, do not spray them, they are important to our food

If you have a SWARM:
Do NOT disturb it
Do NOT spray it with an insecticide
Do NOT hose it down with water
Do NOT hit it with a stick
Do NOT call an exterminator

A Honey bee swarm:
Is Gentle, not aggresive
Is resting and may move on by itself
Will NOT attack you if not provoked

DO:
Call a Beekeeper as soon as possible
Observe it from a safe distance
Take pictures, it is educational

Contact a beekeeper and give them as much information about the location of the bees that you can. Do not know a beekeeper? You can enter the information right on our club website and it will go out to all the beekeepers that rescue Honey Bees. GO to ncpba.weebly.com
Click on Honey Bee Swarm rescue and fill out the form and send.

No computer? No Problem. Call your local Penn State Extension or call Joan Bradley 814-697-7586

Remember, We need those honey bees to have the great food we eat and to give us HONEY.

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