Corona Virus Update @ 24 March 2020.

We feel that swarm collection falls within the definition of an essential activity. We leave it to the discretion of each collector as to whether or not they rescue a swarm but we strongly recommend that a minimum 2 metre separation from other people is maintained and there is no access or transit inside buildings.

Beebase have sent out an email linking to their document about COVID-19 and Beekeeping. You can view it here
It is suggested you print out and carry a copy when going to tend your bees at your BeeBase registered apiaries.

Call Free on 08000 996 997 to Report a Swarm

Why Swarm?

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!

There are many varieties of bees but we are only able to collect Honey Bees.
We do not collect:
  • Wasp nests
  • Bumblebee nests
  • Solitary bee colonies
  • Hornet nests
  • Honeybees which are nesting in inaccessable locations, roof cavities, chimneys, wall cavities etc.
Many people struggle to identify the right bee including us but if possible when calling try and send us some pictures as well so we can save a wasted trip.


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.

Please call us free on 08000 996 997 and we will allocate a Swarm Collector to Collect the Honey Bees.

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.

Pest Controllers

There may be occasions 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
  • SK Ward
  • SDA Pest Control:
    DA Pest Control
  • Fenland Environmental (no web address) Tel: 01353 634777
  • Pestagon Control Services: Dave Pearson 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.