Swarms

Do you have a swarm of bees on your property?

In springtime bee colonies swam, this is the natural way bees reproduce, but as a colony, as opposed to individuals. The Queen and 20,000 to 30,000 bees will fly out of the hive to find a new home. It is common for swarms to settle and cluster on a tree branch, a fence, a post or just about anywhere, for a short period of time before they find a permanent home to build a new colony.

Most swarms can be caught by a beekeeper and resettled in a hive. This is how most new beekeepers start out, with a swarm.

The Southside Beekeepers Club has a number of members that are experienced beekeepers who are willing to provide swarm collection services to the general public. If you call a pest extermination service, they will most likely kill the bees. Club members can humanely remove and resettle the colony and keep them alive and healthy, which is great for the bees and good for our environment.

How do you know it’s a Swarm?

A swarm is a cluster of bees hanging in a ball from a tree or fence and will only happen around September to January. If it’s outside of that time period, then it’s probably not a swarm, it’s bees in a cavity, enclosed space or hanging from a tree with comb, then this is a Feral Colony not a swarm. The removal of a feral colony is a completely difference removal process.

What happens to the Bees?

All of the bees are humanely resettled into a new hive and given to a new member as their first hive of bees.

If you have a bee swarm on your property, and it is readily accessible for collection and you would like it humanely removed, please contact us to arrange collection and removal of the swarm.

How and How Much?

A removal and collection service fee of $120.00 will apply. Charges differ depending on the situation and how difficult the swarm is to catch.


Tim Fagan

Swarm Co-ordinator


Any issues or legal aspects that may arise from the removal of bees is between the two parties. The Southside Beekeepers Club carries no responsibility or liability for the actions of thebeekeeper. This is only a service in which we connect beekeepers with members of the general public who would like to have a bee swarm removed.

Please note we are NOT a pest extermination service or a bee colony or wasp removal service.