Gretchen LeBuhn: Let's say you discover bees at your house. If you discover bees in your wall, probably the best thing to do is to call the local beekeeping group - and there is a beekeeping group in most communities. You can look online, find the phone number, and a beekeeper will often be happy to come out and remove the bees from the wall.
Removing bees from walls can take some extra tools, and if you don't want a big gaping hole in your wall [then] you want someone with some experience, so you might look for someone who needs to do an excavation.
If you have a swarm of bees come to your the yard and land in your yard, just be happy and look at it. It'll probably be gone within twenty-four hours, maybe forty-eight hours. That's a queen that's on the move, and all her workers are following her. [With] those swarms, the bees are reacting to a scent that the female is putting out, and all they can think about is getting close to that queen.
So swarms are one of the times that bees are their most docile because they're just focused on, "Where is she [the queen] going? I need to follow her!"
So if you see a swarm, you can call a beekeeper -- they'd be happy to come get them. It's a way for them to get bees for free. They're easy to handle when there are swarms, but you can just watch them and usually expect that by the next day they're going to be gone.
Beekeeping groups are really excited about gathering bees. They often have to pay for new bees, so they're grateful to get the bees a lot of times.
So the easiest thing to do is really get in touch with the local beekeeping group. Let them take care of the bees for you. Some of them will charge, some won't but just let them be in peace and hopefully someone will capture them [for you] and use them.
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