Honey Bee Swarm Capture FAQs


What is a honey bee swarm?

Swarming is when honey bees have outgrown their parent hive. Most of the hive will set out with the queen to find a new hive location.

How far will the bees go from the parent hive?

Honey bee swarms will typically swarm within 300 feet of the parent hive. The parent hive is usually visible within sight of the swarm unless it is behind something.

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What happens to the parent hive?

The parent hive will create a new queen and will usually continue as a separate standalone hive.

Will the swarm attack me?

Some species of honey bees are extremely aggressive and will attack when anyone comes close. For the most part, the honey bees that we have in our area are very docile especially when swarming and typically will not sting. To stay safe, hire a professional swarm capture service.

What should I do if I see a swarm?

You should contact the swarm capture specialists at Animal Remover immediately.

I see a swarm but they slowly flying away. What should I do?

If you see that the swarm is flying away they may have found suitable habitat for a new hive nearby. In this instance, you should still call our swarm capture specialists to assess the situation.

Can you capture the swarm?

Yes, we can capture honey bee swarms almost anywhere.

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Why should I call  a honey bee swarm capture company as opposed to a beekeeper?

At the time, you call the beekeeper may or may not need the bees. This process usually results in calling multiple beekeepers and waiting on return phone calls with no success. When you call Animal Remover for your honey bee swarm capture your call will be promptly answered and we can typically respond to a swarm capture within 12-24 hours.

Where do you take the honey bees?

Honey bee swarms are captured and translocated to our in-house honey bee hives or are donated to reputable local beekeepers.

Do you kill the bees?

No, we do our best to keep casualties to a minimum. However, some honey bees do parish during transportation and translocation. This will not affect the hive if the queen is kept safe and sound.

Do you use pesticide on honey bees?

No, we never use any pesticide to control honey bees. All honey bee swarm captures and extractions are done by hand by professional honey bee removal specialists.

I have some pesticide spray and I want to take care of the honey bee swarm myself. What should I do?

You should never use any chemicals in any attempt to control a honey bee swarm. Honey bees are currently in dwindling numbers and we must try to save as many as possible. It is best to call us to handle the honey bee swarm.

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