Orlando Bee Swarm

Orlando Bee Swarm
Orlando Bee Swarm

We get called out for many different types of bee problems in Orlando.  Some of them involve a honeybee swarm like this Orlando bee swarm shown.  Occasionally honeybees will swarm an area, collecting on a tree, wall, or other object.  Most of the time this is due to the natural reproduction cycle of the bees.  The swarm has either already found its permanent nesting site or is in preparation to move to it.

Bees Looking For A New Home

When bees swarm like in the picture it doesn’t always mean they are there to stay.  When a bee colony prepares to leave and find a new nesting area they will gather very close, usually within a dozen feet or so of the original hive.  Scout bees are sent out to find suitable nesting sites.  Once the site is agreed upon the rest of the hive flies to the site and begins building the new hive. It can take a few days for the hive to move from this temporary spot to a new, permanent nesting spot.

A New Buzz To The Family

The bee swarm pictured is more than likely the permanent place the hive had chosen to move to.  An Orlando customer called us out to exterminate the swarm of bees shown in the picture on the back of the house.  They had noticed a handful of bees over the last few days going in and out a small hole under the electrical box.  Then, all of a sudden, a huge swarm of bees, numbering into the thousands, appeared at the same spot.   This is indicative of the honeybee reproduction cycle and suggests this was their new nesting site.


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Angry Bee Swarm

Occasionally, people ask how we can do what we do without being worried about getting bit, scratched, stung, infected, or some other worry.  Well, like any other hazardous job, we are educated and prepared in order to prevent such things.  A construction site in Orlando provided an opportunity to show a small part of this training.

It’s BUZZZZ To The Rescue

A work trailer had a large hive of bees living underneath it and we were called to deal with it.  I put my bee suit on, carefully checking for any holes around the zipper connections and overlapping areas, such as where the gloves pull over the long sleeves or the leg pants slide over the boots.  Knowing my bee keeper suit is completely sealed I don’t have to worry about bee stings, except the occasional bee that just won’t quit and actually penetrates through the fabric, which does happen.

While not an Africanized bee hive, this colony of bees was pretty aggressive after I started fogging them.  Ten minutes earlier I was squatting directly underneath the hive, unprotected, with no bees trying to sting me.  As the video below shows, they weren’t so happy once I disturbed them.  I will be back in a couple days to clean this hive out and take some pictures.

See The Bee Trapper All Decked Out To Work