Is it a honey bee? Fortunately, it’s simple to distinguish a honey bee from other insects.
These are honey bees:
However, these are not honey bees:
Next, consider if it is actually a swarm of honey bees, or just a hive. This may be important depending on who you contact. A swarm is made exclusively of honey bees. However, a hive includes both honey bees and their home, made of wax comb.
This is a swarm:
In addition to the visual appearance of the insect itself, you can also identify the species by their home.
This is honey bee wax comb:
These are not wax comb:
Now that you’ve identified if it is or is not Honey Bees, consider the following questions.
- How high is it? Is a ladder required?
- Is it easily accessible? Can a vehicle get close?
- Is it in a high traffic area?
- Is it on your property?
- Have you sprayed it? Please don’t.
- How big is it? Is it the size of a baseball, basketball?
Now that you have a better idea of what you’re dealing with, head on over to our swarm list page to contact a beekeeper to help.