Swarming is the natural way that bees will propagate new hives in the wild. When you see a swarm of bees in flight they are either looking for a spot to land to plan the search for their new home, or they are flying to their new home. Typically they will land on some object nearby like a branch of a tree, sign or a fence post. They will of course land anywhere they think is good to do the planning. It is in this planning and searching phase that the beekeeper has the best opportunity to collect them.
This is a swarm
The primary diffence between a swarm and a cut out is the bees are established in their new home when they are a cut out. A cut out could be any hollow tree or building that they have deemed suitable for living space. Once they are in a structure like a home removal is always destructive and can be very difficult. In addition to a Beekeeper who can remove the bees you will also need a qualified contractor who can repair the home.
These are cut out situations
When calling your local Beekeeper please include as much information as possible. This will help them ensure they are properly prepaired for collection.
Bee Fit Apiary
|West Point||Columbiana County|
|Mike McKim||330-303-3063||East Palestine||Unity, East Palestine, Negley|
|Lori Mowad||330-770-2937||Poland, Struthers, New Middletown|
|Don Kovach||330-272-3711||Youngstown||Youngstown, Canfield, Poland,
Jackson, Austintown, Boardman
|Susan Nutter||330-692-2447||Lisbon||Columbiana, Mahoning, Stark Counties|
Trolley Line Bee Ranch
|330-416-0995||Leetonia||Leetonia, Lisbon, Salem,
|Columbiana||Columbiana, Mahoning Counties|
|Travis Watson||330-779-1460||Canfield||Columbiana, Mahoning Counties|
|Don Duda||330-503-6723||Berlin Center||Western Mahoning County|
|Tim Cassidy||330-540-3211||Boardman||Mahoning County|
|Bob (the Bee Man) Chmelik||330-799-6279||Austintown||Columbiana, Mahoning Counties|
|Chuck Laird||330-646-9546||Mineral Ridge||Mahoning, Trumbull Counties|
|Floyd Marshall||330-821-0563||Alliance||Stark, Columbiana, Mahoning Counties|
|Larry Novak||330-720-2364||Coitsville/Lowellville||Mahoning,Trumbull and Columbiana Counties|
|Steve Mondak||330-921-8690||Rogers||Columbiana, Mahoning Counties|
|Chris Blair||330-482-2391||Northern Columbiana, Southern Mahoning Counties|
|Paul, Sonia Temelkoff||330-519-8975||Youngstown, Vienna, Hubbard,
Brookfield, Campbell, Struthers, Liberty
|New Waterford||Unity Twp, East Palestine, New Springfield|
We get calls every year from individuals who believe they have a swarm of honey bees but they are actually yellow jackts. The primary visual difference is Honey Bees have an abundance of hair and Yellow Jackets have very little. The Yellow Jackets body is smooth with the exception of small amounts of hair on their heads. Honey Bees are vegetarian and only eat nectar and pollen. Yellow Jackets are carnivorous and eat meat and sweet liquids. Yellow Jackets not Bees show up at the family picnic to feast.