If you have a swarm and found us looking for help, Here are a few things to consider first:
Most local Beekeepers will help remove your swarm for free, provided they are (1) honeybees, and (2) accessible. More often than not, swarms are accessible and fairly easy to remove.
Are you looking at something like this?
Swarms are a cluster of honeybees in migration. An established colony will have comb and honey stores, which is a very different situation from a swarm.
What kind of bees do you see?
Are they outside, on a fence, on a tree limb, or in a structure?
Often, established colonies are in structures (eaves/attics/barns/walls), which require construction work to remove the hives, also known as a hive ‘cut out’. This type of removal should be done only by qualified/insured professionals.
How far off the ground?
Can they be reached safely without a ladder, or perhaps with aid of a small one? If needs be, does the owner mind if a branch is cut off a tree?
Have you tried contacting a Beekeeper?
Most Beekeeping Clubs and associations maintain active swarm lists with members willing to assist with swarm removals. For instance, our club, the Holland Area Beekeepers Association updates their swarm list annually, which can be found here: www.hollandbees.org/Services/Honeybee-Swarm-Removal
The Michigan Beekeepers Association also maintains a list of active clubs and a list of considerations, even MBA members willing to do swarm removals here: www.michiganbees.org/problem-and-unwanted-bees/.
Can you take a picture and text the image to someone?
Send us a picture as soon as possible to the contact numbers listed above and below, because sometimes a swarm doesn’t stick around very long. We’ll try to help, or find someone else who can. (Social Media is great for communicating and immediate responses.)
If you are in OTTAWA, WESTERN KENT, OR NORTHERN ALLEGAN COUNTIES seeking assistance with a local swarm removal,
please contact Jamie at 989.370.5780, or Jeff at 989.370.6780
PLEASE TEXT AN IMAGE OF THE SWARM, AND LOCATION INFORMATION, IF POSSIBLE.
Swarms can be exciting and a source of free bees to the beekeeper. Here is the 3rd swarm we experienced, and just so happened, was a flurry of three alternative hives swarming at the same time …