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What is a swarm and what can you do to help?

Swarming is a natural process in the life of a honey bee colony. Swarming occurs when a large group of honey bees leaves an established colony and flies off to establish a new colony, essentially creating two from one. See photo below.

In Ontario, honeybees are a domesticated species and they stand little to no chance of surviving on their own. Contact our rescue team or the Ontario Bee Rescue Association and someone will come out if they can, to rescue to colony.

Please do not spray or kill the bees -they mean no harm and are a vital part of our eco-system ! Honeybees in this state are very docile, and will hesitate to sting. Unless you are experienced- do not attempt to collect the honeybees yourself! The bees are docile, but they can still sting if they sense they are being attacked. 

If you do wish to help, be advised that it is best to contact a professional as soon as possible because the swarm will not stay in the same spot for very long. 

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