Do you have a swarm or colony of honey bees on your property?
Swarming is an instinctive part of the annual life cycle of a honey bee colony. It provides a mechanism for the colony to reproduce itself. Honey bees in a swarm are generally gentle and not inclined to sting or attack unless threatened. They will usually leave on their own within a day or two for a permanent home.
If you have an accessible colony of honey bees that has permanently settled and you are anxious to have it removed, you can contact a bee rescue service or a local beekeeper who may be able to rescue the bees. Honey bees living within structures require specialised services to clean up honey and wax, open and repair the structure, and remove the bees.
Before you call a beekeeper, please determine whether your “bees” are, in fact, Honey Bees. While bumblebees, carpenter bees, mason bees, other wild bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are important pollinators, most beekeepers do not have the expertise or availability to assist with their removal.
1. Contact the following honey bee rescue services, operated by experienced beekeepers, that provide swarm or colony removal, usually for a fee (contact for a quote):
Toronto Bee Rescue, serving the GTA
Toronto Bee Rescue specializes in the removal of honey bee swarms and established honey bee hives. Contact for a quote.
Tri-Cities Bee Rescue, serving Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and area (within about 100 km)
See Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tricitybeerescue?re=ts&fref=ts; website under construction.
Contact: Mike Barber
Phone: 519 362-7954 (cell)
Tri-Cities Bee Rescue is a partnership of OBA member beekeepers that recovers accessible swarms of honey bees at no cost or honey bees located in structures that require cut-outs, for which a quote will be provided. Tri-Cities also works closely with a pest removal service that handles calls about wasps, yellow jackets and hornets.
2. Contact Ontario Bee Rescue, a network of Southwestern Ontario beekeepers dedicated to saving honey bees and the humane removal and relocation of honey bee swarms and established honey bee colonies.
Ontario Bee Rescue, serving Southwestern Ontario
Free Honey Bee Swarm and Hive Removal
Please view site to confirm identity of honey bees (versus other kinds of bees, wasps, yellow jackets, etc.) prior to calling.
Contact: Bruce Richardson
View list of beekeepers willing to remove honey bee swarms or nests and contact directly.
See: www.OntarioBeeRescue.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Ontario-Bee-Rescue
Registered Ontario beekeepers will remove open, accessible swarms of honey bees for free. They will provide a quote for the live removal of swarms or colonies enclosed in buildings, walls, etc.
3. Search for beekeepers in your area who provide swarm removal services (as well as selling honey and hive products) here: http://www.ontariobee.com/sales-and-services/where-to-buy-honey-products
Enter your postal code or scroll through the list, organized by town or city.
4. Contact your local beekeepers’ association in Ontario. Some will distribute a swarm or colony removal request to their members for follow up.
5. Search the internet for bee rescue, bee removal, or beekeeper, or look in the Yellow Pages under beekeeper.
Thank you for your interest in saving bees and other wild pollinators.