Category: How do I stop Bees Swarming?

How do I stop my honey bees swarming? Beekeepers face this question every year, normally in late Spring or early Summer. Swarming is how honey bees reproduce, so it is a natural and expected process. If we can prevent or control swarming we will make more honey.

The Kyles of Bute

Science Vs. Experience

I love science. I’ve even got a chemistry degree, but don’t ask me about it because that was over thirty years ago. As soon as I left university, I went to the City to do accountancy. It’s hard to deny the importance of science in our lives. The […]

walrus and honeybees

How to stop Swarming

How to stop swarming? Answer: you can’t! At least not completely. However, beekeepers have to try to stop their bees swarming. If you lose swarms, you will not make as much honey as you could do. You can also catch swarms which is great fun. There’s a swarm […]

Bee Books

Swarm Control by the Experts

At some point, some colonies will make swarm preparations, and if the beekeeper wishes to keep his or her bees, and hopefully the lovely honey they will make, he or she needs to do something about it pretty quickly. Once queen cells are found in the hive then […]

A swarm of honey bees

The Eternal Question

How to prevent swarming? I previously wrote about some potential factors involved in the swarming of honey bees and why swarm prevention and control are so important for the beekeeper. The idea that we can prevent swarms is probably misguided; it is after all what bees are programmed […]

A turkey

How are Bees like Turkeys?!

Now that the days are getting longer bees in healthy colonies will have swarming on their minds, except that they don’t have minds, but you know what I mean. Obviously they have to build up to it, so it isn’t going to happen tomorrow, but the preparations will […]