A swarm is roughly round in shape and is either found on a tree, hanging from a branch or sited on a post. The size will vary, but usually they are about the size of a football. You might have seen the swarm arrive with thousands of bees in the air, heralded with a roar. The bees will have just left their previous home and will settle on a convenient branch. They may well have another home already in mind but most swarms will remain where they are until they have found a new situation.
What should I do?
Don’t try to make the bees move on. The swarm will break up and probably land in an even more inconvenient place from which to remove them. Whilst they are in a swarm, they are usually less inclined to sting – but don’t attempt to get too close.
If you think you have a swarm, you can contact the Environmental Services Department of Chelmsford City ( 01245 606800) and they will provide you with the telephone number of a beekeeper or you can contact a beekeeper directly here. The beekeeper may personally deal with the swarm or may give you the telephone number of a beekeeper nearest to you This is a voluntary service, organised by the Chelmsford Division of the Essex Beekeepers Association. It may not be possible to arrange for a beekeeper to come straight away, you may be asked to leave your name and number on an answer-phone.
What will the Beekeeper do?
When the beekeeper arrives, he or she will shake the swarm into a skep or a box. They will then place this container on the floor, on which a white cloth has been placed. The beekeeper will wait to ensure that most of the bees have gone into the skep. It is not possible to take the swarm away at this time – it will not be until the evening, when the bees have stopped flying, that the beekeeper will be able to remove the swarm to the apiary.
Is there a charge for this service?
Yes, although it is a voluntary service, there are expenses incurred; for example: the cost of petrol, costs incurred in providing the bees with frames of wax and medication to rid the bees of parasites. There is no hard and fast rule regarding price but it might be in the region of £30 – £40
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