Honey Bee Swarm, Springfield Oregon
When honey bees swarm, about half of the active bees leave their hive with the queen. They fly a short distance and find a place to stage themselves and protect the queen while scout bees go out and look for a new home. While the bees are in their swarm state, they are usually fairly calm and not prone to sting since they don’t have a home they are trying to protect. Once they have settled into a bush, on a tree branch, or some other structure the honey bees will remain there for a few hours or occasionally overnight. This is the best time to collect the honey bees and place them into a new hive. It is the least stressful on the bees and it keeps them from building a new hive in the eve or wall of someone's home where they would have to be removed later.
Honey bees could easily be considered humanity's favorite insect. We eat their honey, use the wax they make, and couldn’t sustain our current agricultural practices without them as our primary pollinators. What a lot of people don’t know is that Honey bees are not native to North America, they were brought over with early European settlers. At Plan Bees, we love them nonetheless which is why each spring we gear up for swarm season and head out to rescue the bees.
"I love rescuing honey bee swarms! If you are in the Eugene or Springfield Oregon area, give me a call and I'll be happy to relocate the swarm you found."