When a queen bee breaks away from a colony, she will take with her a swarm of worker bees with her. When she rests, these workers will surround her in a cluster to protect her while she is resting. They can stay in this area for up to 3-4 days and then move on to re-colonise.
If you see “a ball of bees” and they are out of harms way, you can leave them alone and they will move on by themselves when the queen is ready to move. On occasion, bees can land in the wrong area such as trees in schools, by hospital entrances, where there is plenty of public foot traffic, etc. In these instances, we can usually either move the bees on or get a bee company to remove them.
If bees nest within the structure of houses or other buildings, they need to be carefully managed and as each structure is different, you would need to call us or bee keepers for advice.