Swarms

Which of these do you have:

EBKA website insect pictures

If you have the 1st or 2nd then a beekeeper can not help, but please be aware wasps eat a lot of garden bugs so are of benefit and bumble bees are infrequently an issue and only last about 6  weeks as a noticeable nest. All of these pollinate plants and are a necessary part of our environment.

Removing a swarm of honey bees

Swarming is the way honey bees make new colonies. Half the colony leaves and rests temporarily whilst searching for a new place to live. A swarm will ignore you unless they feel you are threatening them, however a hanging swarm should be removed by a beekeeper as, when it does move on, it may well end up in a chimney or other unsuitable location. Removal of nests of bees from these locations is significantly more difficult (& expensive) and requires  professional intervention.

Beekeepers charge for swarm removal in order to cover for the various expenses incurred in re-locating a swarm.

There is a BBKA swarm map  which registers swarm collectors – we advise using the postcode search to locate those near you

Each division handles calls also.

Braintree  Swarms contacts

Chelmsford : Swarms contacts

Colchester : Morag Chase – 07562 924461

Dengie & Maldon : Carlie Mayes – (swarms@maldonbeekeepers.org.uk )  07979 862952 or 01245 381577

Epping Forest : swarm contacts

Harlow  : swarm contacts

Romford : Swarm contacts

Saffron Walden : Please see details on Saffron Walden website

Southend Swarm : Swarm collectors page