Swarms & Cut Out's
Call or Text (509) 499-6802 if you've found a swarm!
Before you spray, please call or text me to come remove these beneficial bees!... FOR FREE!
Capturing a swarm, or doing a cut out is one of my favorite things about beekeeping. It's exciting and amazing to spend time with bees in a new environment, I learn something new with each rescue!
I love adding the new stock to my bee yard, and become quite attached to my rescue hives! Please call me if you suspect a swarm in your area and I will do my best to remove it safely!
If your comfortable with taking photos, please snap a few and send them to me so that I can be sure to bring the right tools.
Call or Text: 1 (509) 499-6802
This is my husband & I collecting a small swarm off the base of a small pine tree.
CUT OUT'S & RESCUES
If a hive has settled into your home, barn, or maybe your... bbq, I can help! In most cases this will be a free service, however, it depends on the work that will need to be done to remove them.
If you've found a colony that's settled into an area where you no longer want them, and if your comfortable with it, please snap some photos and either email or text them to me before you call so that I have a good idea what might be going on.
Call or Text: 1 (509) 499-6802
If you're not exactly sure what's going on, I have a fancy thermal camera, that can help me locate the colony and it's extense in your walls, etc.
This was my very first hive rescue, and video editing experience... but enjoy!
The colony was in an old construction trailer that was about to be demolished, before they realized there were Honey Bees living in it!
With excitement and more nerves then I'll admit most days, I talked my way into doing the rescue down in the Willamette Valley, and I am so glad that I did! I learned so much and had truly unforgettable experience that I got to share with my Mom and her Bo.
The colony is lovingly called the Willamette Hive, and is now thriving!
SO.... WHAT IS A SWARM?
Swarms are generally harmless, they have no home, honey, or brood to protect. In fact, if you watch closely, you will see scout bees leaving to find a new home and flying back to report their findings! It's incredible to watch!
Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies. When a hive swarms, the queen bee leaves the colony with about 60% of the original hive worker bees. A swarm can contain thousands, to tens of thousands of bees. The bees that are left in the hive, create a new queen, and begin the cycle again!
When the swarm leaves the hive, they settle in a cluster, while scout bees search for suitable cavities where they can build the swarm’s new home. Successful scouts will come back and report the location of suitable nesting sites to the other bees.
Swarming is an amazing phenomenon that usually happens over a two-three week period in the spring, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season. I will never forget the first time I saw a swarm boiling out of my hive, it is powerful, unstoppable, and beautiful.
If you have interest in learning more about this phenomenon, you might find "Honey Bee Democracy" a great read! I sure did!
This Larva will be The New Queen!
A new queen cell!
The Queen Bee Surrounded by Her Workers