Report A Swarm

    It is very important to capture/rescue honey bee swarms in our area so that they are not lost to parasites, disease, or exterminators. You can contact Mike, the Swarm Coordinator, at the information below.

    Swarm Coordinator Contact Info:
    Mike Shaffer

    Be prepared to answer the questions below to help the beekeeper:

    What does the swarm look like?

    If the swarm has a “nest” then it is not honey bees but more likely is hornets or wasps especially if it is “papery” looking. A swarm of honey bees will cluster into a roughly round shape on an object like a tree branch.

    Where is the swarm (physical address)?

    Your name and phone number.

    What has the swarm landed on?

    How high up is the swarm?

    Are there any special concerns in the area? (lots of children, water hazards, bees in the house etc)

    Here are some images of the kinds of "bees" that beekeepers do not remove:

    When a honey bee swarm can not find an appropriate enclosed cavity, be it in a tree or in the walls of your house, they build their comb outside exposed to the elements. This is rare, and if it happens where there is winter, they will not survive. A wasp nest (upper left) is a half round umbrella shape. Honey bee comb is comprised of parallel paddles, of which six can be seen in the tree. Eight can be seen in the hive box.
    A note on Bumblebees (Bombus spp.). Bumblebees dwarf their honey bee cousins. These bees are not aggressive and will not disturb you unless you are bothering their nest or blocking the entrance to it. Some beekeepers may remove bumblebee nests to protect their declining populations.