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 of interest, 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 do what she can to put you in touch with someone who can help you.
Honey bees at times build nests inside a structure, a situation that differs from that involving swarm collection. 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. You can find some listings for those interested in doing bee removal on the Bee Removal List.
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.
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 about 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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