Swarming its control and prevention Snelgrove
By: l. E. Snelgrove
Second Edition March, 1935
What is a Swarm?
Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies. A new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees, a process called swarming. In the prime swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. Secondary afterswarms may happen but are rare. Afterswarms are usually smaller and are accompanied by one or more virgin queens. Sometimes a beehive will swarm in succession until it is almost totally depleted of workers. Entomologists consider the colony as a superorganism. An individual bee without a colony cannot survive for long. It also needs a certain colony size to reproduce. In the process of swarming the original single colony reproduces to two and sometimes more colonies.
Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale. But occasional swarms can happen throughout the producing season.
(Excerpt from Wikipedia "Swarm")
Swarm Control (Who to Contact)
Note: these contacts are for residence in and near Howard County, Maryland
Do you have unwanted honey bees swarming in your yard or house?
Please do not kill them! They just need to be relocated. Contact one of the following people.* They will either move them or help you find assistance.
*The Howard County Beekeepers' Association, Inc. (HCBA) publishes and distributes this swarm contact list as a service to the public. We are neither an oversight or certification organization for beekeepers. If you engage the services of anyone on the list, you need to be aware that you are engaging the services of that beekeeper as an individual - you are not hiring them as an agent of HCBA. Problems are rare, but if you should have one, it is a matter between you and the individual that you engaged to handle your bee situation.