Got a Swarm or a Bee's Nest?

Do you have a swarm or nest of honey bees on your property?

Where to Find Help:

  • Honey Bee Rescue & Removal Services  Some may re-locate swarms or accessible honey bee nests for free. For specialised construction, removal & clean-up, there will likely be a charge. Always ask for a quote up front.

  • Beekeeper Directory Contact a beekeeper in your area, some may offer removal services.

  • Local Beekeepers' Associations - Some will distribute a swarm or colony removal request to their members, who, if interested and available, may be able to follow up.

  • Search the internet for bee rescue, bee removal, or beekeeper, or look in the Yellow Pages under beekeeper.

  • As a last resort, please contact a pest removal service with experience with honey bees & clean up of the nest, comb, honey & bees. Note: honey bees are not a protected species.

Do Not Attempt to Remove Bees Yourself Unless You Are an Experienced Beekeeper.

Thank you for your interest in saving honey bees and other pollinators.

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 re-locate the bees. Ask for a quote up front. Some beekeepers may offer their services for free.  

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 please determine whether your "bees" are, in fact, honey bees. 
While bumblebees, carpenter bees, mason bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are important pollinators, most beekeepers do not have the expertise or availability to assist with their removal.

Honey bee nests are generally hidden accessible by a small hole or opening. Helpful Bee Identification
Chart 1 or Chart 2
This is NOT a honey bee's nest!