Spring 2020: It's Swarm Season!
Bees are on the move. During the spring, colonies of honey bees begin to grow. Often there is no room in the hive. Scout bees leave their winter home searching for the perfect location. Often an interim spot will be hanging from a tree or roof beam. As the bees move en masse, they are pretty mellow. A more permanent spot is found and the bees all head to that location: a hole in a tree, a hole in your home’s siding or a bee box like the one pictured below.
What do you do when you see a swarm?
- Call your local bee club. In the Sacramento/Davis Area – SABA
- Call your local police department – they often have a listing of bee clubs or those that collect swarms.
- Don’t call the Honey and Pollination Center! We don't have a 'swarm' service.
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