The Buzz - Help Honeybees Fight Colony Collapse Disorder By Relocating Their Swarms

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The Buzz - Help Honeybees Fight Colony Collapse Disorder By Relocating Their Swarms

8 April 2015
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While a bee swarm is a frightful sight, the good news is that the bees are not a danger to you and your family while they are swarming. Since honeybees are currently suffering from a disease with no known cause, known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), you should avoid having the bees killed versus relocating them. To remove and relocate the swarm, you will need to have a beekeeper or pest control technician come to your home and knock the swarm into a hive box. 

Understanding Bee Swarming Behavior

Bees swarm when their hive has become too large or the existing hive's queen bee has become ill. A bee swarm looks like a scene straight out of a horror movie, but in reality, the bees are very docile while they are swarming. Since honeybees die when they sting, swarming bees are not interested in stinging you. The reason is that dying would prevent them from performing their primary job of protecting the queen.

If you have ever seen someone who has covered themselves in bees, you now know that the bees were in the process of swarming and that is the reason they do not sting the person who is handling them.

Understanding Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony collapse disorder is a mysterious disease that is currently killing entire hives of bees. Scientists believe that CCD may be connected to pesticide use, but to date no known cause has been found. 

Since honeybees are required for pollination of crops, CCD is a very serious problem. To this end, killing a swarm of bees is the same as killing an entire hive of bees. 

Safe Removal of Bee Swarms

Rather than adding to the declining bee population problem, you should have the swarm in your tree removed instead of having it sprayed with an insecticide. A beekeeper can place a hive box below the swarm and then move the swarm into the hive for relocation. The new hive will be used for pollinating crops and honey production.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know more about CCD and the current plight of the honeybee, you can clearly see why it is so important that you have your tree's swarm relocated and not simply fumigated. If you do not know a local beekeeper, then you should contact a local pest control company to remove the swarm for you. They will have a list of beekeepers who they can get assistance from in exchange for the valuable bees.

For more information, contact Bug Busters or a similar company.