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Glastonbury - Fast FREE Swarm removal
In addition to helping with IT, we
also keep Bees!
If you are in Glastonbury (or nearby) and have a honey bee swarm, we will collect and
either give it a home or find a new home it for you.
To get help ring 03333 445950 anytime, choose option 3 and leave a message,
we will call you back as soon as we can.
The key information we would like are.
- Your Name
- Telephone Number
- Post Code
- Description of the swarm
- Height from the ground
- How long it has been present
Keep calm, swarms may be noisy and seem scary but they are generally docile
and not aggressive, as along as you do not upset them you will be fine.
Do not swat bees (or wasps), this really upsets them and rather than making
them move away they will defend themselves and that will be painful for you.
If a bee lands on you and you do nothing, it will workout what you are, see
you are of no interest after a bit and go away. If you upset it and it
defends itself (stings you) then other bees will smell it and they will come to
aide in the defense. Avoid upsetting bees and they will avoid upsetting
Want to know more about how we keep bees differently to others scroll down?
Rather than the rather the standard national hives, we use top bar hives,
these allow the bees to make comb of whatever size they like and behave in a
much more natural way.
We only take what the bees can spare, bees should only be fed sugar* in real
emergencies. Sugar is not a way to make up for having taken more than the
bees can spare.
- We don't take any precautions to avoid swarms.
- Swarms are a natural way for bees to reproduce, it is a hygienic behavior,
the hive splits in two but before it does, they queen lays large amounts
of brood and drone brood in particular. Mites (a major contributor
to bee decline) are attracted to the young brood and leave the adults,
so the swarm is relatively free of mites.
- We see our role as stewards, we inspect the bees for any signs of
- AFB is the worst, this requires notification and destruction of the
hive and bees
- EFB is really bad, it requires notification and depending on other
factors, treatment or destruction
- There are some nasty exotic parasites in hives which again require
- There are a number of less exotic and very common parasites which
weaken the colony and can be treated, the most common are the Varroa
mite and the Wax Moth. Bees can survive these pests but varroa are now
so endemic that we only treat when infestation levels become high.
- Outside the hive we are now on the lookout for Asian Hornets (a kind
of really big wasp), these
are an invasive alien species that eat honey bees, If you see one they need to be
Traps can also be used to help spot them. (Identification
- Outside the hive we look for signs of issues, diarrhea, dead bees
being thrown form the hive.
- Because we handle bees less and take more time, the bees tolerate us
better so we tolerate some more aggressive behaviors that others would
not. Diversity in bee populations has diminished with an almost
monoculture of "Italian/Buckfast" bee stocks we need more
diversity, diversity brings with it resilience at the expense of
production and ease of handling.
- Because we are not trying to prevent swarming, we do not open the hive as
often as traditional beekeepers, the stores of honey in the hive do not
contain any brood so are not always inspected.
- We are very lucky in this country as we have regional bee inspectors who
we can call on if we find anything that is not quite right or if we have any
worries. They are always helpful and have access to resources and have experience
that small keepers just can't match. We have never seen any AFB EFB or
hive beetles, only pictures/videos.
*Fondant is used by a lot of beekeepers and it is technically more than just
sugar, but it is still an inferior substitute for the natural food of bees