If you have a beehive in a closed area, such as in a wall, tree or attic, you will see constant activity of bees flying in and out of that specific area. If you have a hive in an open area, such as under the eaves or on a tree, you will see a cluster of bees/honeycombs.
A swarm of bees is a group of bees that are looking for a new home. Once they start to cluster, the swarm will range in size from a small cantaloupe to the size of a basketball. A beehive is an established group of bees that have started to build honeycombs and produce honey.
Scouts are a small group of bees, ranging anywhere from 20-100 bees, that are looking for a new home. They leave the rest of the colony in search for a suitable space to build a hive. When scouts are looking for a new spot, they often fly around in a confused manner. If you believe you see a group of scouts inspecting your home, make sure to monitor your home for an incoming swarm, as it is easier to remove and relocate bees before they are fully settled.
If you constantly see bees visiting flowers and trees on your property and can hear them buzzing, they are pollinating. This does not mean you have a beehive. If you have a beehive you will see constant activity in a specific area.
Yes, it is 100% possible and we love when homeowners decide to do this! First, we have to remove the bees from their original location. Then we have to take the bees to our own property for at least 1 week to basically wipe their memory clean and set them up in a domestic beehive. Finally, we will bring the domestic hive back to your property and you’ll have your very own beehive!
Click here (link Inside the Hive tab) to learn more about bees and their relatives.
Just like us, bees also need to drink water, which is why it is very common to find bees in and around your pool. Bees can fly up to 3 miles away from their hive in search of food or water, so you may not necessarily have a beehive on your property. In order to help divert bees away from your pool, we recommend placing an alternate source of fresh water, such as a bird bath or something similar, nearby your pool. Once the bees start to visit the fresh water source, slowly move the bird bath/fountain away from your pool over the course of a week.
Unfortunately, they will not leave on their own. The longer you let the hive be, the bigger it will get and the more honey there will be, resulting in an even bigger problem.
We always recommend removing the bees and honey at the same time. Don’t forget bees are extremely important insects as we never would advise killing them! When the bees are present, they maintain the hive at a certain temperature to stop the wax and honey from melting. If you kill the bees, the honey will then start to drip and can damage the structure. You will also have mildew and fermenting honey inside the wall. Vacant bee hives will attract other pests such as rats, ants, wax moths and new bees that will try to rebuild the hive.
A single bee produces about 1/12 tablespoon of honey in her lifetime. Putting this into perspective makes you really appreciate how hard bees work!
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