Honey bees play a very important part in the pollination of plants. It is estimated that approximately a third of the human food supply is dependent on insect pollination. Bees are responsible for the majority of this.
Law in this country protects honey bees unless they are causing a health hazard. As company policy if it is possible to collect a swarm of bees we will donate them to local beekeepers.
Unlike wasps, bees swarm. This is when a second queen is allowed to reach maturity in a hive and will leave the nest taking a large quantity of worker bees with her to set up a new nest. A swirling buzzing swarm can be very alarming to watch and will travel quite fast. They will readily use chimneys and roof eaves for new nest sites. However, they do not always take up residence where they first land often moving on elsewhere after a short time. If a swarm settles into a property it will often be impossible to remove it.
If a swarm congregates on a branch or in a bush we will always try to collect them for local beekeepers.
A healthy hive will have 60,000 or more bees during its peak in mid summer.