Swarms generally happen from late April to the end of June and are normally caused by a queen leaving the hive with workers following her or due to overcrowding in the hive.
Swarming is a natural phenomena and with our managed hives we do what we can to prevent this happening. But at some point a swarm may occur and then it is important that the bees are collected and re-homed as soon as practically possible.
In a swarm the workers congregate around the queen and the bee keepers task is to get the queen and the worker bees in to a basket and then to find a new hive for them to establish themselves in.
If you have a swarm or come across a swarm, let us know and we will come along to assess the situation.
Wasp nests generally need to be destroyed so you will need a pest removal company or some spray from the local garden center to deal with these.
If you can't get in touch with for any reason you can call your local beekeeping association.
Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers association can be contacted as follows:
Swarmsearch 07471 784210 or go to www.bbka.org.uk