Don’t kill that honeybee swarm – let beekeepers come and get it

RAYMOND — Spring and summer are when honeybees swarm – usually because their hive has become overcrowded and they are looking for a new home with more space. Bees usually swarm to a tree branch, but may also be found on fences or houses. Honeybees are sometimes confused with wasps, which build paper nests that are highly visible in trees or on buildings, but do not swarm.

If you know of a honeybee swarm, either on your property or elsewhere, please contact members of the Willapa River Beekeeping Club (WRBC). They will come out and remove the swarm at no cost.

Honeybees are the primary pollinators of our flowers, fruit trees, garden vegetables, farm crops, nuts and berries, and so much more. Healthy hives benefit us all, so please don’t spray and kill them.

If you see a swarm you can contact Paul Young at 942-5515 or 360- 580-626) or Denise Garoutte-Bell at 942-6034.

If the swarm is on someone else’s property the beekeepers will need the permission of the property owner before capturing the swarm.

If you are interested in bees, you can find the WRBC on Facebook at: 15491211?ref=hl

Club members welcome anyone interested in bees at their meetings, which are on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 4 – 6 p.m. meeting locations vary, but will always be posted in advance on the Willapa River Beekeeping Club Facebook page.