I’ve had a number of calls regarding bees swarming. It’s spring and bees are are building their numbers and, if the conditions are right, they will want to reproduce and swarm.

There a number of actions a beekeeper can take to reduce the potential for swarming and these are based around:

  • Having a good young queen
  • Ensuring space in the brood box for the queen to lay and the storage of honey in the honey boxes
  • Regularly checking the hive for overcrowding and/or queen cells and taking action if you find such conditions.

I find that on a warm sunny day after a few days of rain is when I get calls from people have lost half their bees to swarming or reporting swarms.

So be proactive. Get into your hive and reduce the potential for swarming.

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