Bee Swarms


Do you have a bee swarm in your yard?  Golden  Horseshoe Beekeepers can help!

Swarming bees are looking for a new home.  

To the left are pictures of common bee swarms.  They can be found on trees, on the side of your home, patio furniture etc.  
The Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers span the entire area from Burlington, to St. Catharines to Jarvis.  We can remove your swarm.  
If you need help removing a bee swarm, send me an email with your name, address & phone number.  


Be sure to send us a few photos of the swarm to help determine what kind of equipment we will need to bring eg. ladder, saws, boxes etc.
  
I will notify the nearest beekeeper & have him/her contact you.  

Thanks

Gene
gene@goldenhorseshoebeekeepers.ca










FAQs about Bees
People often confuse bees with yellowjackets and wasps because of their similar colouring.

Beekeepers will tell you that bees are gentle, mild creatures.  As the pictures above show, bees, even when handled, are very docile.  It takes a lot to get bees provoked.  Bees are at work pollinating our community garden and have been known to travel 4-7 miles for their food source.  The closer bees are to the garden, the more pollination they will do.

Honey bees are only interested in defending their colony and sting as a last resort.  Once a bee stings, it dies because the stinger tears itself from the bee’s body.

Bees you encounter in the garden are foraging for food and have no interest in stinging you.  They have nothing to defend.  They’d rather fly away than sting.

If you’ve been stung while walking it is probably because the bee was about to be stepped on and could not escape.  


Bees versus Wasps
Unlike bees, who eat only nectar, wasps are predatory in nature and eat insects, are attracted to sweets, meat and fish.  They can also sting multiple times because their stinger is smooth not barbed like the honey bee.
 
Visible differences between wasps and bees are difficult to see but bees are hairy and more rounded especially at the abdomen.  Wasps lack hair and have a pinched waist.  A wasp nest can be above or in the ground.  It is papery in appearance.  Wasps will not reuse the nest the following year.  A great natural deterrent is an imitation paper wasp nest because wasps avoid areas with other wasp nests.

Wasps may sting because you are disturbing their hive or have swatted at them while they are flying around your food.

http://www.wikihow.com/Identify-Wasps - wasps vs bees very good wiki article differentiating the two
 
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