Honeybees swarm because they are looking for a new site to form a new colony.
It is a natural means of population increase.Each swarm contains a queen bee and up to 20,000 worker bees.
Wasps and bumblebees do not swarm, so if you see a swarm it will be made up of honeybees.
The swarming season is from April to July, but the peak is from early May to Mid June.
Swarms are not dangerous unless disturbed or aggravated (for example if sprayed with water).
Because bees only rarely survive in the wild, honeybee swarms need to be captured by trained personnel / beekeepers and placed in beehives.
After surviving a cool winter, a bee colony can expand up to 50,000 worker bees in the warmer weather, living with a queen bee, which produces a “queen pheromone”. With thousands of bees living together, not all of them receive the queen’s pheromone signals – and so create a new queen.
The old queen and flying bees then leave their home to establish a new nest, but with the queen bee not the strongest flyer, they can stop to take a rest.
Before leaving they gorge on honey… so generally speaking if they are swarming they are in a semi-docile state.
Only Honey Bees Please!
- Wasp nests
- Bumblebee nests
- Solitary bee colonies
- Hornet nests
- Honeybees which are nesting in inaccessable locations, roof cavities, chimneys, wall cavities etc.
Our Swarm Collectors
The HBKA has members who are willing to collect swarms of bees, or nests in houses or gardens, when members of the public prefer to have them removed.
Click on a Red Pin or Enter your Post Code in the Search Box from the map below to see details of our current Swarm Collectors near you.
Please note that Swarms are collected at the Collectors own cost and so any donation would be appreciated.
If you have any questions our Collectors will be happy to discuss any Honey Bee matters with curious members of the public.
There may be occassions that you need to remove the insects but they are not Honey Bees, in which case please contact one of the recommended Pest Controllers below.
- The following are pest controllers in HBKA area.
- Pest Force Huntingdon firstname.lastname@example.org
- SK Ward email@example.com
- SDA Pest Control: firstname.lastname@example.org
DA Pest Control www.dapestcontrol.co.uk
- Fenland Environmental (no web address) Tel: 01353 634777
- Pestagon Control Services: Dave Pearson www.pestagonpestcontrol.co.uk Tel: 07747 404617
- Rural Pest Control: Mark Tel: 07530 434378 (Based in Ramsey covers most areas).
If you know of any other Pest Controllers then please contact the Webmaster via the Contact Form and they will be added to this list.