• PSBA Swarm List

    Think you have a honey bee swarm? Read this first!

    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 to locate a beekeeper near you:

    PSBA 2017 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 bee swarm on bush in West Seattle

    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!