A honeybee colony will send scout bees to search 30 square miles for a new home. Unfortunately, bees can decide to move in too close for comfort. We work hard to rescue and relocate honeybees around Birmingham, Alabama to a better home where they can get back to being busy as a bee.
A large cluster of bees hanging in a tree can look terrifying, but honeybees are extremely gentle when doing this. A swarm is typically noticed as a cluster, rather than a group of thousands of bees in the air. A swarm of honeybees rests in a temporary home while scout bees look for a new home. It can actually take several days for scout bees to find a nearby home that will meet their standards. In the meantime, honeybees keep warm and eat honey saved up in their stomachs.
While bees are swarming and are clustered together, scout bees are making daily flights to inspect cavities for a potential home. Returning scout bees make energetic "waggle dances" on the surface of the cluster to report their findings. Eventually, worker bees will democratically decide the best location option for a new home. Interestingly, the queen has no say in where they will go.
Honeybees can only sting once and die quickly after stinging, sacrificing their lives for the sake of the colony. Because a honeybee will die if its stings and has no "home" to defend, a swarm of honeybees is less apt to sting and are very gentle. When the honeybees decide to move to their new home, or if they decide to start their home where they are, they can become more of a nuisance to those nearby.