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Bee swarms often rest in one spot overnight or – a day or so – on their way to a new home.  But if they are not moving on the first morning – call a Beekeeper!

Why call a Beekeeper?

Savorist Monica King explains this.  “If they are resting in a tree, don’t worry.    Bee swarms usually move on, but sometimes they stay and create an open air hive.

But if they do move on – where are they moving on to?  Many times they end up in unwanted locations.  Sadly, in this new site people may call an exterminator instead of calling Beekeeper to do a live removal.

So why not have a Beekeeper gather them while they are in their moving (swarm) phase? Telling people to wait to allow them to move on sometimes just send them to their death.”

Note I – if they are entering into your attic, or walls, or shed, or barn, call right away!  These bee re-locators have “bee vacuums and can quickly deal with an un-established colony.

Note II- if you find an established colony in your home or garage, or under the floor of your shed, call for experienced help.   Don’t win a “Darwin Award” by trying to take care of them yourself!

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Call Monica!

Savorist Monica King is a third generation bee keeper and has been doing bee rescues for years.
She states this on her website:

"contact me:
kingmonica772 (AT) gmail (DOT) com
or call/text 520-240-0532"

More Bee Relocation Specialists:

The Southern Arizona Beekeepers (SAZBA) maintains an online list of beekeepers who practice ethical and humane (and toxin-free!) bee removal across Southern Arizona. They can often “requeen” the hive with a docile European queen and use the hive for honey production.  You can call anyone of them, and most of them will travel across multiple areas.

Site: Southern Arizona Beekeepers – Safe Bee Removal.

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Some other State?

The American Beekeeping Federation offers this list of safe bee removal folks – by state.

Be nice!

If the swarm moves on before the beekeeper arrives, give them a call or text.
Some folks will travel long distances to help you deal with bees in your yard. (and as I write this gasoline is nearing $5 a gallon.)

Want to Keep Bees?

Savorist Monica King offers classes on the topic every so often. We will tell you in our newsletter, or you can contact her through her website.

Southern Arizona Beekeepers can help too.  They meet monthly
More at: southernAZbeekeepers.org

And the American Beekeeping Federation offers a list of groups that meet- also by state.

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Brittlebush is one of the plants we wrote about recently. It is useful to forage, but also useful as a pollinator plant.

Plants for Pollinators

To learn more about native pollinator plants & growing a pollinator garden: Savorist Dr. Jacqueline Soule writes often about that topic on her gardening site Gardening With Soule (.net).

Arizona Native Plant Society can help too.  More at: AZNPS.org