Think you have a honey bee swarm?
PSBA organizes a list of volunteer beekeepers who are willing to remove honey bee swarms. Please note: while typical honey bee swarm removal is free, removal of other stinging insects or cutouts usually incurs a fee for the service because these are not standard honey bee swarms. These removals require special equipment and skills offered by a few individuals and professionals on the swarm list. Ask about the cost.
Please click link below to locate a King county beekeeper near you:
PSBA 2019 Swarm List
Beekeepers: if you need information on how to prevent and manage swarms, READ THIS. If you need help catching a swarm, refer to the swarm list at link above.
What does a honey bee swarm look like?
Honey bees swarms can be down low on a bush or high up on a tree limb. There will not be a built nest surrounding them, but rather a cluster of bees hanging from a limb, branch or other object.
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!