The Oregon State Beekeepers Association Swarm Call List is organized by location in alphabetical order. To find a person to collect your bee swarm, scroll down to the location you are looking for, or use your browser’s find feature to search for a location.
If you cannot find anyone in your area, please contact the webkeeper and she’ll put you in touch with someone who can help you.
About honey bee swarms
A swarm is a cluster of bees that are out in the open hanging on a branch or on another object. A swarm of bees is generally very docile and not a threat. That said, you should not throw rocks or sticks at the swarm.
If the bees you need to have removed are inside a structure you will need to call someone for “Bee Cut Out Removal”. It is ideal if the person removing bees from inside of a structure is insured.
In general, beekeepers do not charge for residential swarm retrieval. However, if a swarm collection is particularly complicated or multiple trips are required, a beekeeper may ask for a small compensation. Please ask your swarm collector ahead of time of their policies.
Be prepared to provide the following information:
- Are the insects definitely honey bees? This is very important. If you’re not sure and you have a cell phone with a camera, try to take a photo of the swarm, or be able to describe the swarm and the insects in detail for the beekeeper.
- How high up is the swarm?
- What is the swarm hanging from?
- Is the swarm easily accessible?
- How large is the swarm?
- How long has the swarm been there?
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