Steuben County Honey Bee Association
Bath, NY
It’s an awe inspiring sight—a cloud of honey bees swarms into your yard and settles on a tree branch. The mass of bees may be as small as a grapefruit or as large as a basketball.  After a period of time that can vary from fifteen minutes to three days, the entire swarm takes to the air.
Swarm season starts in early May. Swarming bees are usually docile and will not sting unless provoked. Leave them alone. Never spray them with a garden hose or pesticides. When threatened, the bees will release an alarm pheromone which may result in you getting stung. If you find a swarm, call a beekeeper. The Steuben County Honeybee Association has a swarm hotline: call 607-661-7092. We will try to find a beekeeper in your area to capture the swarm and put it in a beehive.
What Do I do if I See a Swarm?
Dear Beekeepers-
Our next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:30. We will be meeting at Randy Rummel's state-of-the-art woodshop for a hive-making session. The address is 6205 Burt HIll Rd., Canisteo, NY 14823.

Next month we return to meeting at the Lakeview Apartments Conference Room. If it's your first visit, feel free to email me for directions. Be sure to park in the visitor parking area which is the row farthest from the building. All beekeepers, from beginners to veterans are welcome! Bring your questions.
Also, go to https://www.freenybees.com/ to learn about the time sensitive legislative issue of interest to all beekeepers, or go to our News page.
I will also be doing a presentation on beekeeping September 20, 2018 at the Senior Forum in Bath, NY.
See you soon!
~Peter Sieling