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You have discovered a swarm of bees that has appeared in your garden, house or outbuilding. What should you do?
Firstly, check if what you
have are bees or wasps. This may sound rather obvious, but it is an easy
mistake to make. Wasps and honeybees are about the same size, but wasps
have alternating black and bright yellow body stripes. Honeybees are
brown, with paler brown or dirty yellow bands on the body. Bumblebees
If the bees are already lodged in a
chimney, roof or wall space, and have been there for some time (weeks,
months or even years), then they are a well established colony, with
combs of honey and young bees. If the bees have only appeared within the
last few days, or if they are clustered in the open hanging from a
branch of a tree or bush, then you have a newly arrived swarm, with bees
only, and probably no combs built yet.
Further information can be found at www.scottishbeekeepersassociation.org.uk/swarms, alternatively you can contact local beekeepers, click here to find a beekeeper in your area.
BORDER BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION