First thing you want to do is keep my cell phone number handy and ON your speed dial: 707-322-8503. I’ll come a runnin’ and give them a new home. Here’s photos of my first swarm capture of the season: Two photos to the left are of the bees as they enter the “Swarm box”. This is a portable “hive” and acts to collect a field swarm of bees. Two middle photos are of Barbara Jo Alois, my bee mentor, and I transferring the swarm to their permanent home (I hope!) which is a traditional Langstroth hive configuration. Final picture to the right is the hive all secure with a new colony of bees.
If you have sighted a swarm of honey bees, or have bees in your house or other structure, please read the following information before calling a beekeeper on the list:
- PLEASE DO NOT SPRAY THE BEES WITH ANYTHING. Especially insecticides, but do not even spray them with water. This is endangering the bees, yourself and the beekeeper.
- Ensure you are dealing with honey bees and not another beneficial insect.
- Please do not ask a beekeeper to take care of a yellow jacket problem – unless specifically licensed for pest control, a beekeeper cannot legally address pest issues. Please contact a licensed pest control operation for that.