Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ocala Bee Swarm in our Bee Yard

We still perform some Live Bee Removals, even though the State apiarist, Jerry Hayes, recommends eradication of feral bee colonies because of the large proportion of Africanized genetics in wild bee populations. Our protocol demands us to requeen these colonies, so that the genetics of the colony will be changed to European Honey Bees, resulting in much more gentle bees.

Africanized Honey bees are notoriously difficult to re-queen, and sometimes the colony will fly away as we are introducing a new queen. We call this behavior 'absconding', and it's a trait of AHB that is undesirable for beekeepers. The picture below is of an absconded colony, that left one of our bee yards located near Ocala, Florida.
Ocala honey bee swarm

Should you require honey bee swarm or nest removal, call us at 1-800-343-5317 for expert stinging insect removal services.

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc.,  Entomologist
The Buzzkillers, LLC

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