A number of members of the Belfast and District Beekeeping Association are prepared to attend a swarm and advise on the action needed to deal with the swarm. If the swarm is in a suitable location the person who attends may be prepared to remove the swarm. However if the swarm is high up on a building or tree which would require ladders etc. we may not remove it but will advise if professional services should be sought. It is a common belief that swarms are of value to beekeepers however this is not strictly true. Many swarms will involve considerable work by the beekeeper to produce a useful colony and the beekeeper will risk introducing disease or other problems to their apiary.
There are a number of types of common bees and we would ask you to read below to confirm you have honeybees swarming before contacting us.
This is a Honey Bee:
This is a Bumblebee:
This is a miner bee:
A swarm is a cluster of honeybees usually described as the size and shape of a rugby ball hanging from a branch, hedge, gatepost, or even a car (a recent local news sensation). Below is a picture of a swarm:
In many instances the beekeeper attending a swarm will do so at no charge but we reserve the right to charge a fee for swarm removal in commercial premises.
A list of beekeepers who may be called to attend a swarm is available here