HBKA

swarm advice

I have a Swarm of Bees!

Many Beekeepers offer a voluntary collection service for swarms of bees.  For details of these Beekeepers please click here…

Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings.  See below for more information about bumble bees.

About Swarms:

picture of a swarm of Honey Bees

A ‘typical’ swam of Honey Bees

Swarming is a natural process by which bees colonies reproduce. Normally when bees swarm they do not sting, so if undisturbed they are not an immediate threat. Don’t panic! Usually they will find themselves a suitable home and disappear after a few hours.

However, their idea of a ‘suitable home’ might not be yours. They have been known to occupy chimneys, wall cavities, bird boxes and house roofs. It is better to ask a beekeeper to collect them. This ensures that they will be given a good home and not destroyed. This service is normally provided free, but a contribution towards travelling expenses, or perhaps a donation to charity might be requested.

Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings.

If you are worried about bees in the roof or in a bird-box please watch this video before phoning. These are tree bumble bee drones. THEY DO NOT STING. The nest will die out at the end of the summer when you can block up the hole or move the bird box. We cannot help with these bees but you can find out more at http://bumblebeeconservation.org/

Other sources of information:

Concerned about Bumblebees? Visit www.bwars.com to find out more.

BBKA Swarm Help Page