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Swarm Removal

Typical swarm on tree limb

Honey bees typically begin their swarm season in March, and will continue through the summer as long as there is forage available to support the swarm in their new hive. When a swarm issues from their original home, they form a temporary bivouac, usually on a tree branch, although many times they will rest on a fence post, car, bicycle, or most anything they encounter. I will remove swarms in the Pearland area and relocate them to our apiary. The picture on the right shows a swarm on a tree branch.

I don’t do “cut-outs” which is a term that describes the removal of bees from a house or other structure, where they have moved inside the walls or roof area as a permanent home.

If you see honey bees flying in and out from a spot on the outside of your house I recommend calling a beekeeper that knows how to remove those bees.  Please see:

Brazoria County Beekeepers Association  or

Fort Bend Beekeepers Association  or

Texas Beekeepers Association

for a list or beekeepers that do this type of work in this area.

  • If you have a swarm nearby, email me with a photo of the swarm and your phone number.  I will contact you about removing the bees and relocating them to our apiary safely.

  • I would like to determine how large the swarm is, and how high off the ground it's located before I pack up my equipment and come to your location.  Every swarm is a little different, and requires different methods of safe removal.

  • Please!  Don't spray them with any pesticide.  Even if that doesn't kill them, it makes them weak, susceptible to disease, and possibly initiates a transfer of disease from their colony to other colonies in the area.

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