Honey bees are the number one pollinator of edible crops in North America. They are beneficial insects and we rely on them for maximizing yields and for their production of honey as a food source and sweetener. Unlike wasps, they are not predatory but feed themselves and the colony with nectar and honey year round.
Colonies swarm for a variety of reasons, normally the culmination of queen rearing, which means bees leave the main colony with a large number of workers and will nest in another location. This is why hundreds of honey bees are sometimes seen swarming around a small area (like a tree branch), because they are protecting a queen as she searches for a new home. Unfortunately, it is sometimes yours.
Procedure - Honey bees are wonderful insects, but the risk they pose upon swarming someone’s home is often too great for the customer. With allergic reactions there is a threat of anaphalactic shock. EHS offers a program which covers the inspection and identification of a honey bee infestation, but also its treatment (if needed) AND removal of the pounds (and sometimes hundreds of pounds) that the honey bees may have produced. In many cases we utilize a professional beekeeper to remove the bees and hive in tact thus ensuring their survival.