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Do You Have A Swarm?

For many people, the sight of swarming bees can be alarming. However, swarming is a natural part of the life of the honey bee and usually means the bee colony is doing well.

Whilst beekeepers try to prevent their colonies from swarming, the bees will sometimes outwit the beekeeper. Honey bee swarms can contain around 20,000 individual worker bees as well as a queen which leave their old home to set up a new one. The swarm will find a temporary resting place such as hanging from the branch of a tree before locating and moving to a suitable cavity (a hole in a tree, inside compost bins, in chimneys and sometimes in cavities in walls) to build new wax comb for the queen to lay eggs and for the workers to store honey. A swarm is valuable to a beekeeper.

The types of places where honey bees will swarm can include:
• Inside roof spaces
• Behind facia boards and soffits
• Between the ceiling and floor boards
• Wall cavities
• Sheds
• Garages
• Out buildings
• Compost bins
• And many more places that offer the bees protection and space to expand.

Please do not disturb the swarm but contact your nearest approved swarm collector who can be found here


Beekeepers cannot remove wasp nests as they are not licenced to use the chemicals required. Please contact your local pest controller if you require a wasp nest to be removed or destroyed.

BUMBLEBEE NESTS: We do not remove these nests. For more information please visit:

bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/faqs/moving-bumblebee-nests/

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