With the arrival of the warmer weather in Chilliwack, bee swarms could be more common.
Beekeeper Laura Cameron Delisle has some tips on what to do if anyone finds a swarm.
A swarm could be hanging from a tree or structure, clustered in a group around the honeybee queen.
So what should people do if they spot a swarm in Chilliwack?
The first thing is, don’t panic, says Delisle.
“Honeybees in a swarm are at their gentlest, with no home or honey reserve to defend, they are relatively calm and docile.”
The best thing to do is call a local beekeeper. This does not apply to swarms of wasps, hornets or bumblebees, just honeybees.
“Most beekeepers are happy to come and collect the honeybee swarm as a free service. They have the equipment and knowledge needed to take care of the swarm.”
A swarm occurs when thousands of bees from a hive decide to find another home because of overcrowding, humidity and temperature issues, for example.
Who to call?
The Chilliwack Beekeeping Community has a list of dedicated ‘swarm catchers’ in our community – who are happy to come collect a honeybee swarm – free of charge. Call Laura Cameron Delisle at 604-819-9278 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org