If you see a swarm of honeybees on your property, Central Washington Beekeepers Association would be happy to refer your information to one of our member beekeepers to capture the swarm. Call (509) 910-6861.
Honeybee Swarms are Gentle
Despite the formidable appearance a beach ball sized swarm of bees might have, swarms are not all that dangerous. Honeybees are only defensive in the vicinity of their nest or when stepped on. They need this defensive behavior to protect their brood (babies) and food supply (honey & pollen). A swarm of honeybees has split off from their mother hive and are temporarily homeless, they have neither young nor food to protect and are usually very gentle.
Honey Bee Identification
What to do when you have a swarm of honeybees:
1 - DO NOT PANIC. The bees are just searching for a new home.
2 - DO NOT SPRAY. Bees are essential for flowers and food crops.
3 - CALL YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL BEEKEEPER. Just about all beekeepers will happily come capture a honeybee swarm. Although honeybee swarms are gentle, there is no reason to agitate them; just leave them alone and call a beekeeper. If you do not already know a local beekeeper, CWBA will gladly pass your information on to one of our members.
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