Swarming is a completely natural process, and probably means the issuing hive was in good health. Swarms are simply the way honeybees reproduce and are a good thing for bees. When a colony is ready, typically in the spring once flowers are in full swing, the old queen leaves with around half of the bees from the hive, as many as 40,000 bees, to find a new place to live. The remaining bees are left to raise a new queen and continue in the existing hive.
After leaving the original hive the swarm first gathers in a clump around the queen, frequently hanging on a tree branch, but they may land on anything that doesn't move too much. They can gather on a car, trees, fences, the ground, or just about anywhere. Once gathered in a temporary location away from the old hive, "scout" bees leave the swarm to search for a new place to live.
Once the bees find a place to move into, the entire swarm will lift off and move into the new hive and setup shop. It can be quite an intimidating sight, but doesn't pose a big threat to people, just give them their space. It only takes a few minutes for they entire swarm (up to 40,000 bees) to move to their new home. It is far easier to relocate a swarm before it moves into its new home.
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We can respond quickly to swarms/removals in Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton, Broomfield, Arvada, Wheatridge, Superior, Commerce City, Brighton, Erie, north Denver, and Adams County.
For help elsewhere in Colorado call the Colorado Beekeeper Association's hotline 1-844-SPY-BEES (1-844-779-2337)
A swarm trap is a small empty hive. It is a size preferred by bee swarms when they are looking for a new home and contains a sent to help them find it. They are typically hung in a tree or placed in some other location 8'-15' off the ground.
Swarms tend to return in the same place year after year. If you have had swarms in your yard before, a swarm trap is a good way to keep them from moving into unwanted locations.
To host a swarm trap you need a location to put it that you own and is away from people. We can't put a swarm trap somewhere without permission from the land owner. Once it is installed you will need to check to see if bees have moved in at least once a week during swarm season (April - September in Colorado). To check, just watch for bees coming and going from the entrance during the day. No need to open it or take it down.
Once bees have occupied the trap, let us know and we will move the bees to our apiary. The bees will get a great home and you will have helped them do it!