Bee Alert...Look,Listen, Run informational poster from FDACS DPI, Apiary Section
fact or fiction? Pioneers used to put a slice of dill pickle on the site of a bee sting to ease the pain....
I recently fielded a call from a homeowner who noticed a bee swarm on the soffit of her house. She first noticed the swarm last Saturday. I made a swarm removal service call the following Monday.
Here you can see a picture(click to enlarge) of the swarm. I took this picture Monday afternoon. I always advise customers to observe swarm activity from a safe distance, and to not approach swarms. Swarms are usually docile, but if comb building is occuring, the swarm can become defensive.
If possible, I will attempt to remove the swarm and install the bees into a hive box.(More on that later). Because much of Florida's feral (wild) bee population contains African ( aka "killer bees" as portrayed in the media )genetics, It's extremely important to practice proper methods to prevent the spread of African bees. It's impossible for anyone, entomologist, beekeeper or homeowner, to visually determine if a bee swarm is African, Africanized or European.
The swarm was removed from the customer's house and taken back to our apiary. Here I offer a small hive box for the bees to take up residence in. They were completely moved in within one hour's time.