Honey Bee Swarms
Spring is Honey Bee swarm season! In Hanover County and neighboring areas, swarms are most plentiful from March through June. You may see swarms at other times as well but the peak swarm season is spring.
Honey Bee swarms are not produced to frighten unsuspecting citizens who come across a buzzing ball of bees in their landscape, but to create a new honey bee colony. The beneficial pollinators are following one of nature’s oldest rituals – starting a new colony during the time of the year when they may store enough honey to make it through the coming winter.
When bees swarm, half of the colony leaves home with their queen to start the new colony. The remaining bees in the old colony will rear a new queen. The issuing swarm is quite spectacular with thousands of bees filling the air with loud buzzing. Slowly they coalesce around their queen on a tree limb or other object.
The swarm on a branch or mailbox is generally only resting while bee scouts find a suitable cavity for a new home; they typically move on within 24 hours. If you would like the bees removed in a timelier manner, beekeepers would be happy to relocate them for you, usually at no charge.
Because they have no food stores or young to protect, swarms are quite docile and do not pose a threat to people as long as not disturbed, however, the sight of them can be quite alarming. Please keep children and pets away from swarms in order to prevent an accident.
If you find a swarm of bees on your property, please do not spray them with pesticides; find one of the "Swarm Patrol" members below that covers the area where the swarm is located and give them a call. If they are not available, call another. Please give us a chance to come capture them and put them back to work pollinating our food crops.
King William, Mechanicsville, Tappahannock, West Point, King & Queen - Bob @ 804-238-3095
Ashland, Elmont, Glen Allen, Atlee - Paul or Barbara @ 804-382-7338
Henrico, Hanover, Richmond, Ashland - Rene @ 804-432-1331
Hanover, Caroline, Ashland - Bobby @ 804-387-6412 or 804-227-3930
Hanover, (Montpelier, Ashland, Mechanicsville, Richmond (Henrico) - Bruce 857-636-0500
Western Hanover - Jim 573-579-3957
Henrico, Western Hanover - Jack @ 804-788-1220
King William, King & Queen, Hanover - Willie @ 804-512-2425
Goochland, Louisa, Hanover, Caroline - Noah @ 540-671-9028
Richmond, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Powhatan - Mark @ 804-339-7820
King William and central King & Queen - Shawn @ 804-218-4091