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A swarm of bees in Spring TX!!!

A bee swarm in Spring TXWe recently walked out our front door to see what we thought was a GIANT beehive in our small oak tree in the front yard. My first inclination was to grab a bottle of bug spray. Now that was my inclination but my husband happened to know of a bee keeper so we called him instead.

I must say watching him move the swarm to a new home was quite a learning experience. Yes that was a swarm in our tree; not a hive. They were actually swarming over an old bird nest. It appears that they have been kicked out of their prior home so these worker bees went with their queen to find a new home. I for one was not happy about that home being in my front yard. The bee keeper brought them over a nice 3/2/2 and helped them to get settled.

Honey bee swarms are actually not dangerous.  They are only defensive in the vicinity of their nest.  At that point they are defensive to protect their young and their food supply.  A swarm doesn't have young nor food supplies so they will usually not exhibit defensive behavior unless they are unduly provoked.  Now our son did get stung when out mowing the yard so maybe the lawn mower provoked them.  He was not taking any chances and decided to wait until the swarm was gone to finish the mowing.

I have a new appreciation for bees after talking to the bee keeper and watching the process.  I did not catch the swarm dropping but you will see one picture with the swarm in the air and the next one the swarm is on the box.

A bee swarm in Spring TX

 After getting the swarm down to the box the next step was getting them settled in to their new condo.  You can observe the bees scent-fanning at the entrance to signal the entrance to the new nest as the bees march into their new home. There is one point in the movie where you will see the screen go a little crazy as I was getting away from the bees. According to the beekeeper I was safe but I was not taking any chances.

I was amazed at how comfortable the bee keeper was around the bees. We asked him if he got stung often and he told us no.

Getting the Spring TX bee swarm settled in their new home

When you see the bee keeper pointing he is pointing out a waggle dance. The bees do a waggle dance to share information.

I was a little sad that a small group got left behind.  They huddled as a very small swarm in the tree for a few weeks and then were gone.  I hope they found a larger swarm but I'm not sure what happens to the remnant when they miss the move.

I found a website that you can go to and find a bee keeper should you find yourself with a swarm in your front yard.  After finding out how social honey bees are I'm glad that we helped them find a new condo.  I also found out that there is a shortage of honey bees in the United States so you are being ecologically green and helping our environment also.

 

Comment balloon 29 commentsMarchel Peterson • April 28 2009 01:48PM

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A fascinating story Marchel. Bees are great but obviously can't live in your home's trees. That beekeeper is amazing. I used to do that beekeeping in Boy Scouts and it was fascinating working with them.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel--Good thing you did not reach for the bug spray as bees are having enough trouble staying alive these days. Honey or no honey, I would not have wanted that swarm in my yard either! Interesting process to get them moved...Hope you stay bee free for a long time!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel,

What a neat post. Honey bees do get a bad rap; I was a bee keeper in Wisconsin for awhile. The honey bees (drones and workers) just go their own peaceful way. It's the hornets, wasps, and such that get everything all stirred up.

 

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

GARY WOLTAL, I had no idea the process that went on with bees.  I was in 4-H growing up but we never learned about bees.

TERI, Since the 1980's there have been a lot of pest that have depleted our bees.  I did not realize that until I met the bee keeper and started doing research for this post.

TOM, Thanks!  I'm impressed that you were a bee keeper.  It was fascinating to watch the process he went through to move this swarm.  I felt bad for the few that got left behind.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago
Marchel Very interesting and I am grateful they weren't in my front yard or, for that matter, my backyard. Karen
Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago
Wow! What an interesting experience! I am so glad you decided to call the bee keeper as it seems these days that bees are disappearing from thenplanet. The more I learn, the more it looks like that could have a very bad affect on plants and vegetation...not to mention all of the honey!
Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I saw this one time, it was amazing. Only happened once but I will never forget it. Interesting how they got rid of them, mine flew away.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

KAREN, It was a very interesting experience.  I'm glad they have found a home and it is NOT in my front yard.

RUSSELL, I'm glad we called the bee keeper also.  I learned so much that day and yes you are right the bees affect a lot of things in our ecology.

MISSY, I had no idea that was a swarm.  I thought there was a hive down there but it was all bees.  I'm glad that I helped them find a nice new condo.  We have been buying this guys honey for years so now our bees will be contributing to the honey. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago
Hi Marchel, Neat photos, I had no idea they'd hang out in a tree. I had them just once, under my eve of the house and I also had to call a bee keeper. He actually had to remove part of my stucco on the side just to get to them all. One thing I did notice in your photos, it looked like the bee keep didn't use gloves? That surprised me.
Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago

Wow Marchel, that's a lot of bees!  I love your photos and especially your slide show.....really neat!  I need to figure out how to do that.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 11 years ago
Hi Marchel, that is really pretty neat and a good thing to experience. I'm so glad you did spray the poor little bees with bug spray. ~:o)
Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 11 years ago

Marcel-- what an interesting experience... and you were so smart to find a bee keeper.  I am very alergic to bees, so if this happens in my backyard, I will know what to do. 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

What a great post!  I agree with all above, so happy you decided to call the beekeeper instead of reaching for the bugspray!  I don't care much for the idea of them being in my tree, but there does seem to be something happening to them, so best to preserve when we can! Great photos of the process, very interesting...

Posted by c m over 11 years ago

Marchel - Pretty cool stuff!  I don't think I have seen a real-life beekeeper in my whole life.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago

Ouch, What amazing pictures Marchel. I saw on  of these last year, scary.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 11 years ago

Marchel - you did a great job documenting this.  I am so glad you did not use the spray for the bees sake as well as yours.  Bees are such an important part of the ecology and so vital to our food production.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Wow, I get nervous around just one bee, not just a swarm, probably has something to do with the fact that I'm allergic, but still.

It's great to know what a beekeeper can do in this situation.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 11 years ago

My best friend's dad was a beekeeper and lived just two houses away, so I grew up with bees.  My grandmother used to let them crawl all over her.  She never got stung.  The bees knew us.  The only time they got nasty was when my friend's dad would take their honey.  They would get really angry and we stayed inside then.  I'm so glad you called a beekeeper.  Honey bees are so important for our crops and are dying off all over from an unknown malady.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Marchel, what a fascinating story. Lucky for us you had your camera at the ready and the skill to post the unusual incident to You Tube and the Rain. Thanks!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 11 years ago

That really is cool Marchel. Love how you incorporated the photo display for your presentation. As a kid I used to be allergic to bee stings...not a pleasant sight with a swollen body.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago

This is so cool.  I love honey!  Bees have an important role on earth.

Posted by Wendy Welborne-Kimery (Keller Williams-Lake Norman Mooresville,NC) over 11 years ago

A WAGGLE DANCE? I love the term! I've had swarms in the front yard's tree too that introduced me to bee keepers. 

  • But never heard of waggle dancing! :) kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago

Marchel,

Thanks you taught me something new.  My children, every Spring, really freak out over the bees.  It is an annual thing for us here as I try to talk to them about how to handle the bees.  I think maybe I need to read your post to them. 

I liked your video.

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) over 11 years ago

Howdy there Marchel

Sure am glad Y'all had a bee keeper come to help them. We need the Honey bees to be around. Way too many sure have been lost.

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 11 years ago

Its odd, but bee keepers do seem to have no fear or issues with just touching a ton of bees.  Where as someone like me... cant do it.  I've never been stung before either (knock on wood).

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 11 years ago

WOW!  This is AWESOME Marchel! You should submit it to the local newspaper.  I am sure they would find room in it for this, and of course this is another way to promote YOUR business while at it.

 

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) over 11 years ago

I cant' believe I actually read all that and watched the video. I despise bees. Russel and I once had a bee hive in our chimney that we didn't know about. We went to the Poconos for a 9-day vacation and came home to a house full of bees. I still have dreams about that sometimes. I know bees are necessary, but better your yard than mine.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 11 years ago

This is an incredible picture of the bee hives!  I live in Spring also and I've never seen a swarm of bees like these.  You were very smart to call the bee keeper to remove the bees safely.  With the shortage of bees in this county you helped the bee population continue to thrive.  Great Story!

Posted by Amanda Nicodemus, Spring Texas Real Estate www.amandahomes.com (Spring Texas Keller Williams Professionals - Cypresswood) over 11 years ago

Amanda,

I'm glad my husband knew of a bee keeper.  My first thought was to grab the bug spray but after my lesson in bees from the bee keeper I would have felt REALLY bad had I done that.  My husband has been buying this guys honey for years now. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

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