Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. Swarming is a honey bee colony's natural means of reproduction. The swarm of bees will then congregate in an area and create a large ball of bees around their queen as scout bees search for a new place to take up residence. Once they find a suitable tree cavity or more likely a hollow space in the side of a house or other structure they start building a new hive in that space.
If you encounter a swarm please do not call an exterminator or spray them with pesticide. Honeybee swarms are a gift of nature and are simply looking for a new place to live. Please contact one of the beekeepers on our Swarm Patrol List and they will relocate the swarm for you.