Honey Bee Swarms

Need a Honey Bee Swarm removed?

Richmond Area Swarm Dispatcher Contact Steve White 804-337-9235

The Swarm Dispatcher will assign a Richmond Beekeeper Association member to remove a swarm from your property.  This is usually a free or low cost service.

As part of their natural reproductive cycle, honey bees will swarm. A swarm is when a queen and a good portion of the worker population of bees leave the hive to find a new home. While a honeybee swarm is relatively harmless, it can be a frightening sight to people. Swarms should not be sprayed with water or disturbed in any other way. It is best to clear the area until a beekeeper arrives to make the removal.

Please have the following information before calling:

  1. What does the swarm look like? If the swarm has a “nest” then it is likely not honey bees but hornets or wasps especially if it is “papery” looking. A swarm of honey bees will cluster into a roughly round shape on an object like a tree branch. (see photos below)
  2. Where is the swarm (physical address)?
  3. Contact name and phone number.
  4. What has the swarm landed on? How high up is the swarm?
  5. Are there any special concerns in the area? (children, water hazards, bees in the house, etc.)
  6. Are you sure they are honeybees?  Check it out here:  http://pollinator.com/identify/whatsbuzzin.htm
swarm on a branch

SWARM DISPATCHER: Steve White 804-337-9235

BEE REMOVALS and CUT OUTS (Removing bees from Structures)

Removing bees from structures can be a complicated and involved process and usually involves some carpentry.  Expect this service to have a fee.

Hugh Hemsley 804-310-0972 (Chesterfield, Colonial Heights and Petersburg)

Bee Removal Source for Virginia:  lists people who will remove honeybees listed by state. The link takes you to the Virginia page