Beekeepers offer assistance with swarms

Jun 13, 2019

Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers are available to help for anyone who has found a swarm of bees.

As part of their natural reproductive cycle, honeybees will swarm. A swarm is when a queen and a good portion of the worker population of bees leave the hive to find a new home. While a honeybee swarm is relatively harmless, it can be a frightening sight to people. Swarms should not be sprayed with water or disturbed in any other way. It is best to clear the area until a beekeeper arrives to make the removal.

Some KLCB beekeepers can remove a swarm. They do not remove hornets’ nests, bumble bees, wasps or other stinging insects – just honeybees. KLCB beekeepers also offer guidance on extractions from homes, buildings, and other structures. That is generally a service where a homeowner will need to engage a professional with carpentry skills for a fee. KLCB can’t always do it but may be able to help locate the right person. These member beekeepers act privately, as a service to the public, and are facilitated but not endorsed by KLCB.

To report a swarm and ask for assistance, please Al Maloney 832-5162.

 

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