Swarms

Is there a swirling mass of bees descending on your house?

Honey Bees live in colonies of up to 80,000 individuals. From spring time on they....

How do you know it’s a Swarm?

A swarm is a cluster of bees hanging in a ball from a tree or fence and will only happen between the earliest April - September.

If you see hundreds of Bees flying around a tree, then this is not nessessacily a swarm. The Bees might just collect some nectar and Pollen from the tree and will return to their hive. So if you spent some time to watch them you will see if they are flying off again or if they are actually starting to cluster on a branch in a ball shape.

And how do I know these are Honey Bees?

In the UK, only few insects actually swarm. If you are not fully sure, have a look at the Photos below and compare what you see. Quickly identify what you have buzzing around from the pictures and descriptions below, and then click the appropriate "HELP" link to see what you should do next !

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Honey Bee

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Wasp

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Bumble Bee

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Hornet

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Solitary Bee

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Solitary Bee

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So you are sure that you have got a swarm of Bees?

Then we are here to help you. We have got many experienced Beekeepers in our club, which are willing to help you to remove the colony.

And what do you do if they are not Honey Bees?

This will depend what type of Bee you have got in your Garden or House. Our Beekeepers can only assist you with Honey Bees, but please find some further information additional information about the different Bees by clicking on the above "More" Buttons.