Call, don’t spray: What to do if you see a swarm of bees

May 13, 2019

When honeybees are looking for a new home, you might notice them swarming. But if you try to kill them, experts say it could be dangerous for you and the bees.

The Fuquay-Varina Bee Company recently posted a photo showing what a swarm of bees looks like and encouraging people to call experts and stay away from a swarm if they see one. According to the post, “swarming bees are super gentle and not aggressive” because “they have nothing to protect.”

“We heard about a giant swarm about two miles from our apiary only to find out from the homeowner that the neighbor sprayed and killed them before we could get there,” the post read.

According to the post, beekeepers missed saving the bees by 30 minutes.

Beekeepers told WRAL News that incidents like this are common.

Lately, they have been getting a lot of calls about bee swarms, and usually it’s too late for them to make a rescue.

“I actually had one gentleman who called and said he poured gasoline on the bees in an attempt to get them away,” said Al Pleasants, a local beekeeper. “And when they moved over to his house he said he put gasoline on the side of his house, and I was thinking, ‘That is so crazy,’ and I said, ‘Please step away.’ The best thing is to let experienced beekeepers come and help you.”

The Wake County Beekeepers Association asks people not to spray bees. Instead, take a picture and call them, and they’ll remove the swarm for free.

You can find a list of beekeepers to call based on your area online.