Swarms etc.

Honey bee swarms are usually found (or seen) hanging from tree branches although they can settle most anywhere.  They appear as football shaped masses of honey bees clustered together under the branch or other perch they have lighted upon.  Only honey bees form swarm clusters.

Picture of Swarm on a Fence

They will cling to the perch for a period of time (one to four days) as their scouts search for a new home.  During this time it is possible to capture and box the swarm.  Scotch Lake Apiaries will collect any swarm in a non-hazardous location (i.e. away from power lines) for no charge.

Wild Nests of honey bees found in trees is a valuable resource.  Scotch Lake Apiaries will pay a finders fee of $55 for any wild honey bee nest tree that can be removed.  The tree will need to be cut and opened for collection of bees.  Owner’s permission required.

Honey bee nests found in buildings such as houses, commercial edifices, barns, etc. require special consideration.  It is recommended that the nest be left undisturbed if possible.  These nests are usually at a height and not of any serious risk to most people.  They have often been living quietly there for some time.

If, however, it is necessary to remove the bee nest it can be done in most cases.  The cost is high (usually starting at $300) and part of the building must be removed.  Also, the building repairs will be a separate job after the removal.  Scotch Lake Apiaries will consult on honey bee nests in buildings for a nominal fee.