Do you have a Honeybee Swarm?
Please read the information below before contacting us.
Please be aware that we can only deal with Honeybees, and only when they are in an accessible location e.g. hanging from trees/bushes reasonably close to the ground.
If you have Honeybees in an inaccessible location, for example a chimney or inside roof spaces, unfortunately we cannot help. If they are causing a disturbance then you will have to contact a pest control company. We recommend contacting PreventaPest
It can be difficult for people to correctly identify whether they have a Swarm of Honeybees or other flying creatures. The most common insects are Honeybees, Bumblebees and Wasps. There is an excellent article which has been written about the differences on the British Beekeepers Association website. (please click the link)
Our beekeepers are enthusiastic amateurs who will give their time and resources to come and help, but it would be unfair to expect them to come and advise you on wasps or similar insect problems, so before you contact us please try and identify the type of bee or wasp you’ve seen, perhaps try and take a picture to send. If it turns out you have a honeybee swarm the beekeeper will need to collect some basic information from you, things like:
- Where is the swarm? In a tree/bush or in/on a building and how high off the ground?
- Is the swarm on your property or someone else’s?
- How long has the swarm been there?
A swarm of Honeybees sometimes frightens people, though the Honeybees are usually not aggressive at this stage. This does not mean that bees from a swarm will not attack if they perceive a threat; however, most bees only attack in response to intrusions against their colony (don't touch it!). Swarm clusters, hanging off of a tree branch, will move on and find a suitable nesting location in a day or two. Beekeepers are sometimes called to capture swarms that are cast by feral honey bees or from the hives of domestic beekeepers.