Swarms

Swarm Capture During the late spring and early summer, bee colonies can divide with one part of the original colony remaining in the hive and the other flying off to find a new 'home'. A swarm of bees will cluster temporarily in one location, and for the non-beekeeper can be an alarming and worrying sight. If you discover a swarm, immediately contact your local Association Swarm Officer (below) who will come and remove the swarm as quickly as possible and find it a new 'home'.

Beekeepers are often called out to remove insects which are not bees. There is information and a video on the BBKA web site which will help you to confirm whether you have a swarm and explains what you should do if you do.

We do not remove or relocate bumblebees, wasps or hornets. If honey bees are inside buildings and are causing a problem then you may need to employ a pest control service to destroy the bees, remove the nest and block access to the cavity to prevent bees re-establishing a nest.

Bees in your Bird Box?

This is quite common in the spring and summer. Its probably bumblebees, not honey bees. For more information see the BBCT web site.

WBKA swarm officers provide a swarm collection service to the people of Wharfedale on a voluntary basis. We do not charge for this service but will accept donations to the Association if offered.
If you live outside Wharfedale your local association may be able to help you.

PLEASE NOTE: Swarms are usually very placid, however, unless you are an experienced beekeeper you should keep your distance and under no circumstances disturb or interfere with the bees.

For WBKA members, anyone wanting a swarm should give their details to either Bob Hogson or Geoff Halsall - details in Combings. Anyone with a swarm looking for a home should also contact Bob or Geoff who will try to match offer with requirement.


Association Swarm Officer Contacts

We will try to respond quickly when contacted but we cannot guarantee to be able to remove a swarm if access is difficult or dangerous.