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Honeybee Swarms

The most likely time for a honeybee colony to swarm starts in April and runs through spring, though it is possible to see a swarm in fall.

Honeybee swarms are usually very gentle since a swarm does not have any brood to protect. Do the bees a favor and call a local beekeeper to give them a new home.

Typically a swarm will be in a mass, hanging from a branch or a surface.


Honeybees will often gather around a water source or food supply. This is sometimes mistaken for a swarm but these are only forager bees gathering resources for their colony.

If you think you have a swarm, don't spray them with insecticides.  Instead, call your local beekeeper.  Several of our members would be happy to take them off your hands.

Before contacting one of our beekeepers, look over our guide to help you identify and distinguish honeybees from other insects.

Below is a list of our members that will be happy to collect any swarms. Our beekeepers do not charge for removing swarms.

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