Do you have a swarm of bees on your property?
Swarming is an instinctive part of the annual life cycle of a honeybee colony. It provides a mechanism for the colony to reproduce itself. Bees in a swarm are generally docile and not inclined to sting or attack, and they will usually leave within a few days on their own for a more permanent location.
However, if you have a swarm that has permanently settled, or you are anxious to have it removed, you can contact a local beekeeper who may be able to remove the bees without killing them. To locate a beekeeper:
- Look in the Yellow Pages under BEEKEEPER or HONEY.
- Find a local beekeeping association in Ontario. Some of their websites will post contact information of local beekeepers who can help with swarms.
- Contact your closest Ontario Bee Inspector.
- Ask your fire or police department. They often have lists of beekeepers who will take unwanted bees.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE BEES YOURSELF UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED BEEKEEPER!
Learn how to safely remove a Swarm – It can be quite unnerving to have large numbers of bees in your garden or around your home, especially if they establish a colony within your house or in your garden.
How to begin a Beehive – It may seem like a daunting task when you first ask how to begin a beehive; but, it is truly a simple task when you get it underway. In fact, with a little work and effort, you can get your bees to begin producing 20 to 30 pounds after the first year, and possibly 50 pounds in an abundant year (the colony has to grow, so don’t expect much in year one, if any).
What is an Apiary? – An apiary is an area where multiple beehives are placed. It is also called a bee yard. An apiary can be built to harvest honey, benefit farming, or both. It can be very helpful to the crops that surround it, as it encourages bee populations to remain in the area.