Chattooga County Beekeepers Association

Honey Bee Swarms

Remember, you'll want to respond to a call as quickly as possible.  The bees can fly to another location or be subject to people who might cause them harm.  Hanging in the open is a dangerous endeavor for honey bees.

What to ask the customer:

1. Get the address of where the swarm is located.

2. Where is the swarm? Has it landed? (Don't go unless it has landed.)

3. How high up is the swarm?

4. How big is the swarm?

5. How long has the swarm been there?

6. Is the swarm on your property?

7. Has the swarm been sprayed with anything at all (including the hose)?

8. Give the customer your cell phone number - the swarm may leave before you get there.

Instructions for the customer:

1. Do not bother the swarm and keep everyone away until  you, the beekeeper arrives.

2. Give the approximate time you'll arrive.

3. Reassure them that the bees are harmless unless disturbed.

4. Reassure them that your are a knowledgeable beekeeper and the bees will be relocated and not destroyed.

Other Things to Consider:

1. Be prepared to explain the phenomena of swarming to all onlookers.  Remember, you are probably their first encounter with a bee expert!

2. Take Pictures!!

3. If asked how much you charge, you can consider it a public service (record it in your journal), ask for gas money, or ask that a donation be made to a local bee club.  Find out your club's protocol.

4. Once you have caged the bees DO NOT LINGER.  Get the bees home and settled as soon as possible.  (They can overheat quickly.)