Swarm Collection

Have you found a swarm of honeybees?

Honeybees can swarm for many reasons. If the Queen bee has ran out of space to lay eggs or the worker bees have no more space to store nectar, they can make swarming preparations.

Swarms can be collected and hived around North Tyneside. Collection is a free service, please send a picture or video of the swarm.

Get in touch to arrange collection.

What to expect during collection

Beekeepers are always happy to collect swarms, there are usually lots of swarms at the beginning of the year as colonies are expanding.

When collecting a swarm, safety is priority. Unless there is a spare suite (ask!) please keep your distance. The honeybees do not have stores or young to protect so are usually harmless when swarming.

Once the swarm is put into a box, or sometimes a straw skep, they will be left near to where they clustered until the sun has set. This is to allow any flying bees to return to the swarm.

The honeybees are usually transported to an isolation apiary. They can be inspected for disease and treated accordingly before joining other colonies at an apiary around North Tyneside.

What if the swarm cannot be collected?

If i am unable to collect, i will try to pass the message around my beekeeping network. Otherwise you can use the interactive nationwide map to track down a beekeeper. Find it on the British Beekeepers Association website.

Extraction and cut outs

If a swarm has set up a colony in your home you require an extraction or ‘cut out’. This is more complicated than a swarm removal as the honeybees have a delicate nest which must be carefully removed. Often, extra insurance is required as brickwork might need to be removed. In most cases i prefer to team up with a local trusted Integrated Pest Management company. Andrew at Greenway IPM offers a reliable and professional service which includes honeybee colony extraction. You can read about a job Andrew and i attended to on our Blog