Swarm Removal Services in Walworth County

What is a Honey Bee Swarm?

From time to time, a queen bee and thousands of her worker bees will leave a bee hive to find a new home.  This process, called swarming, is how honey bee colonies reproduce and spread.  The group of bees that leaves the hive is called a swarm.  The swarm will settle in a large clump on a tree, fence or other object while scout bees search for a new home.

Is the Honey Bee Swarm Dangerous?

No. Honey bees in a swarm are unlikely to be aggressive and sting anyone unless you attack the bees. At this stage they do not have a home to defend and they have filled up with honey in preparation for the flight to their permanent home.

What can I do about the swarm?

If you wait a few days the swarm will likely relocate on its own.  However many local beekeepers would likely be very happy to come and collect this swarm from your property. The beekeeper will put the swarm in a hive allowing it to grow and produce honey.  This also helps prevent the swarm from relocating to a barn, attic, or other location they are not wanted.  At the bottom of this page are Walworth County, Wisconsin beekeepers who may be willing to remove your swarm.

What can I do about honey bees in my walls, attic or other structures on my property?

If you have honey bees that have moved in to a structure a beekeeper may be willing to perform a "cut out", or help you open up the wall and remove the bees and their honey, wax, and brood (immature bees).  Cut outs can be difficult and expensive, but is preferable to simply killing the bees.  Killing bees but leaving honey and dead brood within a structure can cause rot and mold, and lead to infestations by ants, mice or other critters looking to consume the honey.

Walworth County Wisconsin Beekeepers you can contact if you have a honey bee swarm:

 

Scott Beatse
Elkhorn/Lafayette
262-903-8989  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chris Roth
East Troy
262-617-1929  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Doug Grall
608-665-1355   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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