Swarm Help

Need help with removing Bees?

This page tells you what to do if you have Bees or Wasps you want removed and what help is available to you. It is essential to know what type of insects you have. You can compare your insects with the pictures on my gallery page.

Removing a swarm of Honey Bees

Swarming is the way Honey Bees make new colonies. The new colony leaves the mother hive and rests temporarily whilst searching for a new place to live. Typically the swarm rests in a tree or a bush as in the pictures in my gallery, for anything between and an hour and a couple of days. A swarm will normally move on and the Bees in a swarm will ignore you unless they feel you are threatening them, however a hanging swarm should be removed by a beekeeper as, if it does move on, it may well end up in a chimney or other unsuitable location. If you have a swarm and need assistance you can contact:

·         A Local Beekeeper. (If you know of one?)

·         The Local Council (they can put you in contact with a beekeeper for your area)

·         Yellow Pages or www.yell.com and search for beekeepers in your area.

·         You can look up pest control on the above pages. They should be able to put you in touch with a local beekeeper.

·         If in Lincolnshire area, please feel free to contact me, I may be able to call? If not I will most likely be able to put you in contact with someone in your area that will be able to help.


Never call 999 services, unless it is an emergency (very unlikely).


Beekeepers will take the swarm away and put it in a hive or combine it with an existing colony.


Removing a colony of Honey Bees


If you have a colony of Bees that is troubling you, it can be moved, but only if it is accessible. Common places to find Honey Bee colonies are in chimneys, holes in trees and cavities in buildings. Again refer to the above to find a beekeeper to remove the colony


Removing Bumble Bees


Bumble bee colonies are most likely to be found in holes in the ground and compost heaps. Bumble bees do not overwinter as a colony, so they will be gone by autumn. Bumble bees will not sting you unless they feel threatened. It is possible to move Bumble bees, but they are best left where they are. If you cannot tolerate a colony of Bumble bees then contact any of the above, who may be prepared to move the colony. Because Beekeepers keep Honey Bees, not all Beekeepers will move Bumble bees.




Typically Wasps build nests in lofts and sheds. Like Bumble bees they die out during the autumn, leaving only the new queens to overwinter. Normally Wasps are only destroyed if they are a nuisance as they can benefit the local environment. Most Beekeepers donít get involved with Wasps and a reputable pest control company should be used.


Above all, donít panic Ė a swarm of Bees is very unlikely to attack you if left well alone.


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