Nevada County Beekeepers launch honeybee hotline |

Nevada County Beekeepers launch honeybee hotline

Once again this year, the Nevada County Beekeepers Association will man the “Honeybee Hotline” where the public can report incidents of honeybee swarms.

People sighting a swarm of honeybees can call the hotline at 530-675-2924 for a qualified beekeeper to retrieve and remove the swarm. Note this service is only for honeybees and does not include yellow jackets, bumblebees, hornets or wasps.

Swarms of honeybees are a natural phenomenon and should be no cause for alarm. Swarms are normally docile and not inclined to sting nearby people, but they should not be molested or disturbed. Above all, they should not be sprayed with pesticide or water. The hotline should be called immediately after a swarm settles or is discovered.

The hotline will also respond to questions or problems involving honeybees. If you leave a voice mail message, please be sure to leave a name and phone number so it can later be determined if the swarm is still in the original location. They can sometimes move on quickly.

To call the Honeybee Hotline, dial 530-675-2924 and leave a message if necessary. If there is no response within four hours, call the alternate number, which is 530-265-3756. Between April 8 and May 6, call the alternate number.

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