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?
Regional Association Swarm Call Lists
Regional associations that are affiliated with the Oregon State Beekeepers Association often maintain swarm call lists of beekeepers interested in collecting swarms.
These associations, along with area served and contact information, are listed below in alphabetical order. Contact the area of interest directly through their website or by phone/email, as provided; they will assist you in finding a beekeeper to collect your bee swarm.
For Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge from Corbett thru The Dalles on both sides of the river, contact: Columbia Gorge Beekeepers | firstname.lastname@example.org; 360.608.2754
For Lane County, see: Lane County Beekeepers | LCBA 2019 swarm list
For Curry County (Oregon South Coast) from Langlois to Brookings, contact: Oregon South Coast Beekeepers | email@example.com; 541.698.0084
For Portland and the Portland Metro area, report a swarm: Portland Urban Beekeepers | https://
OSBA Swarm Call List
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.
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