News from the Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter
in Western North Carolina ==
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Don't kill honey bee swarms!
With all the swarming activity, spring is a great time to teach friends and neighbors about bees. Though intimidating, swarms aren't really dangerous since they're just moving to a new home and highly vulnerable. Swarms have about a 20% chance for survival, and like many others the beautiful swarm pictured here didn't make it. Tragically, this one was recently destroyed by the frightened owner of the property on which it rested.
If you want bees off of your property, you should call the North Carolina Extension Office at 828-255-5522, and ask for a list of beekeepers on the "swarm list" in your area. They will ask you a series of questions to help identify the bees. If they are honey bees, someone will be thrilled to come out to wrangle them, and it will make a great show to boot!