It’s Honey Bee Swarming Season. Swarming has been unfairly and ignorantly demonized by Hollywood when actually honey bee swarming is a marvel of nature. Honey bees are a crucial part of the food chain. According to Science Daily, along with other pollinators, honey bees are responsible for at least 35 percent of the world’s food crop production*.
What’s happening when honey bees are swarming?
- Honey bees are quite docile when swarming because they are homeless and only have two primary concerns: following the Queen and finding a home.
- Swarming is the primary way honey bees procreate.
What should I do if I see a swarm land near my home or business?
- If you live in the Santa Clara Valley, from a safe distance take a picture of the honey bees, and contact Yummy Tummy Farms at email@example.com or call 408-320-5365. Yummy Tummy Farms will likely come and rescue the honey bees free of charge.
What should I NOT do?
- Do NOT panic.
- Do NOT spray honey bees with any type of chemical. If you do, Mother Nature may teach you a powerful lesson that I will leave to your imagination.
- Do NOT call an exterminator as they’ll refuse to exterminate honey bees.
What if I’m fascinated by honey bees, want to do more to support honey bees, and want to learn more about honey bees?
- Contact Yummy Tummy Farms for more information about how to support honey bees, local beekeepers, and buying local craft honey.
- Plant a garden and/or install an edible landscape that is friendly to honey bees and the many other crucially important local pollinators
- Take a class on beekeeping.
- Consider becoming a beekeeper
- Adopt a honey bee hive
- Buy local honey and get to know your neighborhood beekeepers and have a conversation with them.
Yummy Tummy Farms offers:
- Craft honey and honey bee products for sale
- A wide variety of gardening and farming classes for private groups and larger corporate events
- Garden and edible landscape consultations and installations
- Installs honey bee hives in local backyards
For more information: call Yummy Tummy Farms at 408-320-5365 and/or visit our website at yummytummyfarms.com and/or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or read our blog at yummytummyfarms.wordpress.com
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* Reference: University of California, B.(2006, October 26). Pollinators Help One-third Of The World’s Food Crop Production. Science Daily. Retrieved April 27, 2020, from https://www.sciencedaily.com/