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What is a bee swarm?


Swarming is a natural process. It’s the honeybee’s method of colony reproduction. When a colony gets big enough, it splits in two and the queen bee flies off, usually taking a third to a half of the colony with her, in search of a new home. (Back at the original hive, a new queen will take her place and continue on with the old colony), essentially creating two hives from one!

In Indiana, this usually takes place in the spring, but can take place any time of year when local weather conditions permit. To start the process, certain worker bees, called “scouts,” begin to canvass the surrounding area in search of a potential new nesting site, even before the swarm leaves its original beehive.

A departing honey bee swarm consists of a large number of bees flying in a cloud that seems to drift randomly through the air. This giant mass of bees can be a little alarming! If a bee swarm is found, stay back, and keep others away. However, swarming honey bees are very docile. That’s not to say they won’t sing you, but it’s unlikely unless they are provoked. 

The honeybee queen is in the group, but not leading it. Usually within 100 to 200 yards of the original beehive, the bees land on an object such as a tree limb, shrub, or house, and form a cluster! Some honeybee swarms are as small as a softball, other swarms can be larger than a basketball.

At this point, most workers leaving the cluster are scouts that are hunting for potential new home sites for the swarm. When they return from a good site, they dance on the cluster to communicate the location of their find. Within a few hours to a few days, the swarm’s scouts usually reach a consensus about the best available site. Then the swarm takes to the air one last time to move to their new home.

European honey bees—the common honey bee in Indiana—will build a beehive in trees, chimneys, under decks, inside walls of homes, barns, churches, under mobile homes, utility boxes; just about any cavities larger than a shoe box make a great place for a beehive. I even took a honeybee hive out of an outdoor garbage can once! Hollowed-out standing trees are ideal sites. Bee-trees, as there called, are common in some parts of Indiana. 

Once in flight, the swarm is guided by scouts and arrives at their new home. The honeybees form a cluster around the entrance with many bees fanning their wings and releasing a chemical signal to guide the other bees. Then the bees enter their new home, somewhat slowly. This is when most people notice bees have moved in to a structure or dwelling! Inside, the low humming sound of the bees ventilating their hive often can be heard.

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Serving all your pest control needs!

We specialize in removing Bees Wasp and Hornets in Indiana! 

 Not sure what kind of bee you have? No problem, we are licensed by the Office of Indiana State Chemist to take care of all your pest control needs. This includes live honey bee removal. Control of carpenter bees, wasp, paper wasp, mud daubers, mud wasp, baldfaced hornet, hornets, yellowjackets, yellow jacket nest, wasp nest, European hornet, hornet nest, and more. Our coverage area includes bee removal in Indianapolis, Fishers, McCordsville, Noblesville, Geist, Carmel, Fortville, Indiana. We are locally owned and operated!

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Live honey bee removal!

Removing honey bees from homes, structures, and dwellings!

Removing honey bees from buildings in Indiana can be extremely challenging. When a bee colony moves into a new location, only a few pounds of adult bees are present, but these bees rapidly build wax beehive comb, collect honey, and begin to rear more bees. A mature beehive colony may have in excess of 100 pounds of honey, many pounds of adult and developing bees, and several pounds of beeswax comb. A honeybee colony can range in population size of 20,000 to 100,000 bees depending on the season. The colony population will peak from late spring to summer, and reach a low point in winter. 

Removing a beehive takes a lot of experience and knowledge. The first step is to determine the exact location of the beehive, and size of the colony. Once the location of the beehive is established, a step, by step removal process is applied. The goal is to do as little harm as possible to the structure, while removing the bees unharmed. This I where our 15 years of construction experience comes into play! The honey bees are removed alive, and transferred to an apiary where they can thrive. The location of the colony is repaired, and sealed-up to prevent other bees from forming a new nest!  

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Indiana Honey Bee Removal

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