Saturday, March 5, 2011

Orlando Honey Bee Swarm

This week, we have been getting loads of Bee Swarm calls in the Greater Orlando Area. It's always the same, late winter is very slow for us, but we try to prepare for this phenonemon we call "Swarm Season", which can start any day from Mid-February thru Early April. Bees will start swarming sometime during this period, and once they do, it's Game ON!, with us recieving hundreds of calls a day!
Orlando bee swarm

A colony of honey bees can be likened to an organism, and the prime directive of organisms is to reproduce--and that is what a swarm is!! Bee colony reproduction! An existing colony sends out maybe 20,000 workers, drones and the queen, to go find a new place to build a colony and thrive.

Usually, but not always, these swarms are relatively docile, and are transitory, meaning they will leave in a few hours. Please, don't provoke them into a stinging incident, by self treating yourself. Give us a call, and we'll help you determine if you should have us remove them. In most cases, you won't have to do a thing, but wave as they leave!

But in other cases, it's a good idea to have us remove the swarm, as we can eliminate the sting risk for you and your family, pets or customers. Please, contact us anytime at 1-800-343-5317 or
Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist

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