Swarm Removal

If you see a honey bee swarm do not spray them. Contact one of our members who may be able to retrieve the bees and use them to setup a managed colony. Our honey bees population is an important national resource that is critical for pollination of over 100 food plants.

Most swarm removals are done by the members for no fee or at most a small amount to cover fuel cost.

A bee swarm will cluster in a tree or other temporary location for just a few hours or at most a couple of days. After this they will move to a permanent location to establish their hive. This location can be in your home. Removals from within a structure is called an extraction and will most likely be an expense depending upon the difficulty of the extraction. If you have a colony of honey bees inside your house call a honey bee removal expert. See our vendor page.

Honeybee Identification

Honey bee

A honey bee is any bee member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. They have soft bodies with fine hairs and can look yellow to black with black stripes. Top left photo. These are the good guys.

Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets are sometimes mistakenly called "bees" (as in "meat bees"), given that they are similar in size and appearance and both sting, but yellow jackets are actually wasps with harder shiny bodies and always have yellow and black stripes.

Bumble Bee

Bumblebees are social insects which form colonies with a single queen. Colonies are smaller than those of honeybees, growing to as few as 50 individuals in a nest. Female bumblebees can sting repeatedly, but generally ignore humans and other animals.

FYI: Honey bees, wasps, Yellow Jackets and hornets do not typically attack people. They only do so when they feel threatened or feel their home is under attack. Vibrations from a mover or other gas powered tool can also set them off if used near their home. Do not swat at them or attack their colony. If you come in contact with an aggressive colony call a professional to remove them.

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