PCBA SWARM TEAM
PCBA organizes a list of volunteer beekeepers who are willing to remove honey bee swarms in Pierce County.
FOR SWARM REMOVAL CONTACT JOHN THOMAS
THINK YOU HAVE A HONEY BEE SWARM?
- Honey bee swarms are not aggressive. If you find a swarm of honeybees on or near your property, don’t worry!
- Bees are valuable! Please don’t use insecticide or call an exterminator.
- Check out our resources below. Local beekeepers are usually happy to help you remove the swarm.
What does a honey bee swarm look like?
Honey bees swarms can land on a variety of objects and be located at varying heights. Clusters can be down low on a bush, spread across a fence, or high up on a tree limb. They will not have a built nest surrounding them, but rather a cluster of bees hanging from a limb, branch, fence or other object.
Not sure that it’s a honeybee swarm?
Honeybee swarms are easy to identify. For one, there won’t be a hive of any type, just a large mass of bees clinging to an object. Also, a honeybee is different from a wasp and yellow jacket as identified by the pictures here:
Are Swarms Dangerous?
Honey bee swarms are not dangerous, but unless you are an experienced beekeeper, please do not attempt to disturb/displace the swarm. These bees are simply in the process of finding a new home and the beekeeper that you call will give them just that, a nice hive in a proper location!
Please do not spray the bees w/ pesticides, insecticides or even water! Wait for a beekeeper to come and take them away. These are typically gentle insects that are a huge benefit to the plants we have in our gardens and to the foods we eat! The only time you’ll encounter an angry bee (or other insect/animal for that matter) is if you disturb it.
In fact, if you have a swarm, consider yourself lucky to be experiencing this marvel of nature!