SWARMS

The CWBA provides FREE honey bee swarm capture service (excluding swarms located inside trees & structures, these "cut-outs" are typically more complicated and pricey)

Contact one of our CWBA members listed below.  

Take a picture of the swarm, to send to the beekeeper you contacted.  Honey bees are fuzzy and brown/black striped.  Wasps/hornets/yellow-jackets are bright yellow and NOT fuzzy.

What to expect: They will arrive with equipment to encourage most of the bee swarm to move into a box. Over the next few hours, the rest of the honey bee swarm will join their sisters in the box. At dusk, the beekeeper will return to remove box, now filled with the swarm, and take it to a safe location where it can thrive.

What to do while you wait: Stay calm. The honey bees will remain together in a clump, except for a few scouts. There is little danger of being stung, but keep others from approaching. If the bee swarm is in a public place, if you can, cordon off the area and post a sign saying that a beekeeper is on the way.


Colony Extractions: If a honey bee colony is established inside a house, for example, living in the chimney or an attic, it’s no longer a swarm. The bees can still be safely removed. But the extraction process is more complicated. The CWBA has beekeepers experienced in doing such extractions. There will be a fee, to be negotiated with the individual beekeeper.

HONEY BEE SWARM IN A TREE

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HONEY BEE SWARM ON A FENCEPOST

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HONEY BEE SWARM ON A CAR

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