A swarm in May is worth a load of hay;
a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon;
but a swarm in July is not worth a fly,

Perhaps you've heard this little poem.
It's proverbial bee-keepers' saying, dating back to the mid 17th century;
meaning that the later in the year it is, the less time there will be for bees to collect pollen from flowers in blossom.

One thing is for sure- no matter when a swarm decides to land, people react to it similarly- they're scared, shocked, or perhaps in awe.

At Pittsburgh Honey, we want you to see a swarm and think of us!

If you come across a swarm this season, call us right away! (412) 407-2705 or (412) 254-4415
We'll chat with you and ask a few questions to assess the situation.

We'll want to know the following:
  • What do you see? Is it a cluster/ball of bees, or just a few bees in one place?
  • Is there a cloud of bees (several thousand) or just a couple dozen?
  • Can you see what kinds of bees they are? (i.e. Are the fuzzy andy brown/gold or are they bright yellow and black and smooth?)
  • What is the approximate size of the cluster? (i.e. Baseball, cantaloupe, basketball, etc)
  • How long has the swarm been in that location? (Most swarms only land for a few hours before moving to their new hive.)
  • Is the swarm accessible, or is it high off of the ground, requiring a ladder?

While we can't guarantee that we can save each and every honey bee swarm, we'll certainly do our best!