Swarming is the process by which honey bees establish new colonies. Typically occurring in the spring, prolific hives will begin the process of raising a new queen bee. As this is occurring, the old queen will leave the hive accompanied by a large number of worker bees. This transient colony of bees is known as a swarm. Within minutes of leaving the parent colony, the swarm will cluster in a temporary location, often a tree branch, but I have seen them everywhere from the eaves of houses to the side of a propane tank. The swarm will remain in this location for a few minutes to a day or two, sending out bees to scout for a suitable cavity in which to make a permanent home. Once a permanent home has been found, the entire swarm will leave as abruptly as it arrived.
If you have a swarm of bees on your property, I will happily remove it free of charge as soon as I am able. Since I work a full-time job Monday through Friday, have my own bees to take care of, and a family, I am sometimes unable to retrieve a swarm right away.
Additionally, due to time and equipment restraints, I do not remove honey bee colonies that have established themselves inside trees, buildings, or other structures. If you have an established colony in need of removal, or you wish to have a swarm dealt with immediately and I am not available, please consult one of the links below:
Ohio State Beekeepers Association Swarm List
Central Ohio Beekeepers Association Swarm List
Scioto Valley Beekeepers Association Swarm List