As honeybee swarm season reaches its peak in April and May, residents are urged to take special precaution in preserving swarms of honeybees if they come across them, said Carrboro Alderman and urban beekeeper Sammy Slade.
“They are part of the web of life we all depend on as they pollinate our food and flowers,” Slade said.
Slade said if someone is near a swarm they should call the Orange County Swarm Patrol.
“The swarm patrol is a group of beekeepers who can come remove the honeybees from their residence while acquiring a new hive, so it’s a win-win situation,” he said.
Chris Richmond, spokesperson for the Orange County Swarm Patrol, said when honeybees are swarming they are looking for a new home.
“We are a voluntary public service who can give them that new home as long as the swarms are reported quickly,” Richmond said.
He said upon receiving a report of a swarm, the nearest-available beekeeper will be dispatched.
Richmond said honeybee swarms are not dangerous and they are even more docile while in swarm mode.