It is almost time for bee swarm season on the Front Range. When the temperature heats up, you're more likely to see swarms of bees in your neighborhood.
A swarm emerges when a new queen takes over a hive, allowing the old queen to move on with half of the bees and create a new hive.
There are several organizations that work around Colorado to rescue these bees before they begin building their hives. Backyard Hive and the Colorado State Beekeeper Association are two resources if you find yourself with an unwanted swarm on your property.
“Don’t spray them with water or don’t spray them with chemicals of any kind,” says bee guardian Corwin Bell, “get on the phone and call a bee guardian to come and get the bees.”
Bell says not to be alarmed when you see a swarm, and that they are actually very docile in in their ball-like state.
“They’re not trying to get anyone or anything, they’re trying to find a place to settle down on a tree," Bell said.
These three pound balls of bees are made up of thousands of individuals clinging on to each other's legs. When they are not in the swarm, these bees are pollinating flowers, fruits and vegetables. The National Honey Board says that a single colony can pollinate 300 million flowers per day.