Bee Swarms & Removal

Swarm of Bees

Swarm of Bees

PWRBA SWARM DISPATCHER: Contact DAVE WRIGHT at 703-587-8323

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

As part of their natural reproductive cycle, honeybees 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. The beekeepers below can be contacted to collect swarms of honey bees or conduct extractions from homes, buildings, and other structures.

Some simple information to have 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

Contacts

swarm on a branch

swarm on a branch

SWARM DISPATCHER: DAVE WRIGHT
703-587-8323

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

Is the swarm in Washington, DC – contact DC BEES

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.

Dave Wright– 703-587-8323

Frank Williams – 540-270-5609 (day) or 540-937-4548 (evening) Also does home repair

Glen Poe- Gpoe@mris.com

John Hamiltonhamiltonjohnr@verizon.net

Mike KestnerChevalier Bee Removal : 703-303-6310

The Beekeepers– 800-496-2337

Ben Cheek 703-201-6401 or chantillybeekeeper@gmail.com
Bee Removal Source for Virginia  –  lists people who will remove honeybees listed by state- this is the Virginia page

 

Nova Termite & Pest Management Honey Bee Friendly 703-551-4602 or 540-659-1112