What to do with a Local Bee Swarm

Swarms  happen when bees are trying to find a new home. While on this search for the perfect place, the queen will get tired so she will settle somewhere with majority of the bees clustered around her. Sometimes the swarm lands on trees, the ground, or even on cars.

These swarms can look scary, but are relatively harmless. The bees are not yet territorial since they are effectively homeless, so they are of little danger to people around them. That being said, please still keep your distance.

Please note: Chinook Honey Company is NOT able to provide swarm removal services.

 

Bees are protected under the Agriculture Act. Do not spray a swarm with chemicals. Instead, here is what you should do:

1. Be sure they are bees and if so, what kind.

Using google images, find out if they are honeybees, bumble bees, or wasps. This will be very helpful knowledge since swarm-catchers will not catch wasps.
-Wasps: Make a grey paper-like nest, are hairless.
-Bees:  Swarm in a tight cluster, are slightly furry, make nests out of wax.
-Bumblebees: Are very hairy, fairly chubby.

2. Take a photo.

Taking a photo of the swarm will greatly help swarm-catchers know what to bring to help with catching the swarm.

3. E-mail a local beekeeper.

For the Calgary area, there is Calgary Beekeepers. For Calgary and elsewhere, try Apiaries and Bees for Communities.

Include in your e-mail:
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • How high off the ground is the swarm?
  • When did the swarm get there?
  • A photo of the swarm(if possible).

Please note: Chinook Honey Company is NOT able to provide swarm removal services.

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