Recently CGM Group from Downham Market were called out to deal with a honey bee swarm the size of a rugby ball on a company’s premises near King’s Lynn. The bees had started to attach themselves to a step ladder on a Friday and over a weekend the nest grew to about 500 bees.
CGM Group were called in to capture the bees and re-home them to a local bee keeper.
Usually bees swarm in April or May so it’s quite late for them to swarm in late June. Bees swarm when the hive grows too big so the Queen produces another Queen who flies away with a number of drones to find a new nest. If they grow tired whilst flying and haven’t found a new nest, they will find a resting place and wait for the Queen to fly again.
Graham Masters, Head of Operations, Environmental Services at CGM Group, said:
“We moved most of the bees into a cardboard box. The Queen is usually twice the size of the drones, and we knew we had the Queen when the other drones followed her into the box. Luckily there was a local bee keeper a few minutes away by car so the bees didn’t have to stay long in the box.”
He continued, “Our pest control team love bees so we always try to re-home them. Bees are an important part of the ecosystem so we all should look after them. Sometimes bees’ swarm a in strange place, like a step ladder, which isn’t convenient so need to be moved.”