To contact a beekeeper for your swarm, see the swarm list at the bottom of this page.
Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies including the domesticated Western honey bee. In the process, two or more colonies are created in place of the original single colony.
With the recent increase in the collapse of honey bee colonies, it is critical that we rescue these swarms. Every colony is critical to ensure we maintain a successful ecosystem and productive harvest.
Swarming usually occurs in the Spring. It is common for these swarms to cluster on trees or outdoor furniture. A swarm is classified as a large football-sized (or larger) cluster of bees suspended from a tree or other structure. Though not particularly hazardous, people are often intimidated by the large number of bees.
If you see a swarm of bees or receive a call about a swarm of bees, we hope you will find the below list useful. It contains contact information for local beekeepers interested in capturing swarms. Please note: Unless specified, the listed responders do not respond to swarms of wasps, hornets or other insects. Responders are listed alphabetically by county.
Can You Tell Them Apart?
Part of the fear that gives rise to hysteria in communities about backyard beekeeping is the simple inability to tell the honeybee apart from more aggressive insects like wasps and yellow jackets. The honeybee is so busy collecting pollen, this lowly vegetarian has no time to visit your picnics or bother you when you are mowing or landscaping. Read the facts here.