Swarm Removal

Live Swarm Removal

Honeybee colonies are dying in record numbers from pesticides, various diseases and parasites, and habitat degradation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that honeybee populations are less than half what they were in the 1940s.

Only 1 in 10 swarms will survive if left to fend on their own. By calling a beekeeper these honeybees will be safely removed and given a new home where they will have a better chance to survive. Grey Lady Apiary offers a honeybee removal service for honeybee swarms on Nantucket. We will capture and relocate honey bees to locations where they will be well cared for.


Swarm on a tree

We do live removals without pesticides or chemicals.

Call us for more information. We remove bees from trees, structures, and yards.

Swarming is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honey bees. The swarming season in Massachusetts usually begins in June and can last through August. Warmer weather, combined with an abundance of nectar and pollen stimulate the colony to increase in population. This causes over-crowding which prompts some bees to swarm so they can reproduce. Swarms are generally quite docile and will eventually leave on their own when a new, suitable hive location has been found. The reality is that a swarm of bees is not defensive. Swarming bees are still en route to a new home, meaning they have no nest and no stores of honey to defend, and they tend to be at their most docile.

However, if you prefer to have a swarm professionally removed, you can call Grey Lady Apiary at 518-744-9423 to discuss your options.

Tips about honey bee swarms:
  • A honey bee swarm is a natural part of the bees reproductive cycle.
  • Please use a beekeeper to remove them safely.
  • Honey Bees in a swarm are not defensive; they will usually not sting you if you leave them alone.
  • This is not their new home, it is a resting place for honey bees.  If you do nothing, in a few days the honey bees will go away and find a new permanent home.
  • Do not spray honey bees with a hose.  It will only make them upset and they may sting you.
  • If you do nothing and leave the honey bees alone, they will go away on their own after a few hours or a few days.

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Please contact us if you wish to learn more about bees, honey products, and our services.