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Why do Bees Swarm?
The swarming process is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honey bee colonies. This happens when a colony is stimulated to reproduce and becomes overcrowded. The old queen and about half the workers leave the nest or hive and fly off to find another home. The swarming colony will cluster to nearby objects, usually a small tree or shrub while scout bees search for a new home. This may last for only a couple of days until a new home is found.

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European Honey Bee Swarm

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Honey bees are one of the most recognisable insects and are the most commonly domesticated bee species in the world.

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European Honey Bee Swarm

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Honey bees are one of the most recognisable insects and are the most commonly domesticated bee species in the world.
I was recently called to a property in the Caboolture area as the customer had a swarm of honey bees, hanging of a bush close to the ground on the footpath. The customer was concerned that the bees may be a threat to people passing by.
The property owner believed, as many people do, that honey bees could only survive in a hive, of course this is not true and honey bees have established feral hives across Australia in the hollows of logs, tree cavities and even in the voids of buildings etc.
As these bees were on public property, Amalgamated Pest Control, declined to treat the swarm and we contacted a local Apiarist (bee keeper) to collect and remove.
Why do Bees Swarm?
The swarming process is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honey bee colonies. This happens when a colony is stimulated to reproduce and becomes overcrowded. The old queen and about half the workers leave the nest or hive and fly off to find another home. The swarming colony will cluster to nearby objects, usually a small tree or shrub while scout bees search for a new home. This may last for only a couple of days until a new home is found.
Honey bees, both feral (wild) and colonised, are important beneficial insects, not normally considered as pests. They live either in the wild in nests, or as colonies in hives kept by beekeepers. In either case, they will only sting people if strongly provoked.

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Bees swarming

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Bees swarming under a house eve (Morayfield area)

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