Steuben County Honey Bee Association
It’s an awe inspiring sight—a cloud of honey bees swarms into your yard and settles on a tree branch. The mass of bees may be as small as a grapefruit or as large as a basketball. After a period of time that can vary from fifteen minutes to three days, the entire swarm takes to the air.
Swarm season starts in early May. Swarming bees are usually docile and will not sting unless provoked. Leave them alone. Never spray them with a garden hose or pesticides. When threatened, the bees will release an alarm pheromone which may result in you getting stung. If you find a swarm, call a beekeeper. The Steuben County Honeybee Association has a swarm hotline: call 607-661-7092. We will try to find a beekeeper in your area to capture the swarm and put it in a beehive.
What Do I do if I See a Swarm?
Our meeting place at Lakeview Apartments is still closed due to covid-19.
We are not sure when we will be able to meet again. If you are interested in attending meetings when they recommence, please send me your email address and I will add you to the list for group emails. I have a list of people willing to catch swarms. Let me know if you would like to be added to that list.
If you are on this page because you need to have a swarm of bees removed, give me a call at 607-661-7092 and I will connect you with someone in your area who is willing to remove the bees.