First, let’s help you figure out what you’ve got.

Bee Swarm Pic

If the nest is in the ground, these are not honey bees.  They are probably yellow jackets.  We can’t help with that.  If they have to go, you can wait until nightfall and pour a bucket of soapy water down that hole.  That usually solves a yellow jacket problem.

If you can see a nest covering that looks like a dull gray paper, those are probably wasps.  We can’t help with that either.

But if you’re looking at a hanging blob of thousands of bees, that may be a honey bee swarm.

Don’t panic – they are quite docile in this state and not at all prone to sting.  It might look like this…

Next comes the question of where the swarm landed.  Bee swarms often land in trees.  However, they can be found about anywhere.  Below is a picture of a bee swarm on an F-18 fighter, just in case you’ve got one of them in your yard.  More seriously, the chief questions are how high and how accessible they are.  Bee swarms are prized by beekeepers, but not if we have to risk broken bones, etc.  If we can get at them, we’ll be happy to give them a new place to live, a hive!  If we can’t, they will leave on their own in a day or two.


2017: Call anyone below and we’ll try to assist you.  Take a picture we may ask you to send it to us.

Doug Koch 540-313-5183 Winchester /  Frederick Co.
Lennie Mather 540-877-1509 Winchester/Fred Co./ Shenandoah Co
 Ed Novak  540-409-6053  Clarke Co./Eastern Frederick Co.
Tom Miller 540-664-3200 Clarke Co.
Gary McKinney 540-336-4946 Stephenson
Ricky Hummer 540 313-1173 Frederick Co.
Ronnie Clevenger 540-323-0104 Southern Frederick Co. & Warren Co.
Rusty Foltz 540-303-1660 Southern Frederick Co.
Charlie Brown 540-636-4061 Warren Co.
David Reese 540-636-8669 Warren Co.
John Lewis 540-931-4390 Winchester & Frederick Co.
John O’Connor 843-790-9956 Winchester & Frederick Co.
Melissa Sylvan 540-636-7610 Warren Co.
Coach Mack/Harry  540-680-0136  Front Royal, Linden, Markham,Marshall

One more caution:  If the swarm is high up, often the best thing to do is nothing.  We love to rescue honey bee swarms and give them homes in our hives.  However, they are not worth getting injured for.  A swarm will leave where it is located, typically within 24 hours, if you do nothing at all.

For more information, you might look at:

Honey bee swarms

Moving honey bee swarms with bare hands

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