Honeybee Swarm Information

If you have a swarm, you may call us, however please read below and make sure they are HONEY BEES first and not something else. We are not exterminators!
If you have a swarm, please call one of the contacts below right away, an email through 'ecba contact' will result in a delayed response.


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. Honeybee swarmWarmer 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 usually emerge from the colonies between 10:00am and 2:00pm on warm sunny days. The old queen together with about half of the bees from the colony, leave the hive and cluster on a nearby object such as a fence or a small shrub. The swarm may remain for a few hours or one to two days while scout bees search for a permanent nesting site. Once found, the swarm will move to this site and establish a new colony. Bee swarms are NOT normally aggressive because they are gorged full of honey and homeless, which reduces their defensive behavior. A swarm will become increasingly defensive, if provoked, the longer it remains in a given location. In the original colony, a new queen emerges and continues to maintain the parent colony.

Below you will find a list of Essex County Beekeepers Association members that are willing to assist in the removal of swarms, answer bee related questions or point you in a direction to help resolve any bee related issue you may have. Beekeepers are listed by town for the general geographical area they are willing to respond to.

Please be aware that in some instances the physical location of the swarm may present challenges. For example, if a swarm is too high in a tree, retrieval may not be a reasonable or safe option. Swarms located in structures or otherwise concealed may require the skills of qualified craftsmen to dismantle and rebuild portions of that structure. The manpower and equipment necessary to complete this type of retrieval is an expense that the property owner is expected to bear.

People who may help.

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Amesbury, Ma
Phil Watson 978-388-0775
Andover, Ma.
Dave Meldrum (978) 474-8700
Tom Rando 978-475-7270
Beverly, Ma.
Anita & Brian Deeley 978-778-8276(c) 978-969-1005(h)
Billerica, Ma.
Ken Anderson (978) 930-1334
Boston, Ma.
Noah Wilson-Rich (617) 407-8979
Boxford, Ma.
Marty Jessel (978) 994 0884 (c) (978) 994-0884
Cambridge, Ma.
Mel Gad (617) 504-3263
Danvers, Ma.
Frank Herschede (978) 777-8274
Georgtown, Ma.
David Bogdan (978) 352-8189
Gloucester, Ma.
Ken Chapman (978) 283-7788
Gloucester, Ma.
Wiliam McCarthy (978) 764-6801
Groveland, Ma.
Stan Sample (978) 372-5672
Hamilton, Ma.
Gretel Clark (978) 468-7206
Ipswich, Ma.
Dave & Mary Mansur (978) 356-5657
Kensington, NH
Dan Phillips (603) 394-0130
Manchester, MA
Eric Wilson (h) 978-526-9102 (c) 978-317-6254
Manchester, MA
Melissa & Trond Landsvil 978-810-1524
Marblehead, MA
Pat & Steven Butterworth (781) 631-6415
Middleton, Ma.
Alan Wilkins (978) 273-8068
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North Andover, Ma.
Mary Foley (978) 689-2796 (c) (978) 697-5725
North Andover, Ma.
James Mandry (978) 681-8963
North Andover, Ma.
Addison Manott (978) 686-2968
North Reading, Ma.
Gus Lamont (978) 664-5726
Salem, Ma.
Kevin Maher (978) 744-7273
Stoneham, Ma.
Geoff Neale Home- (617) 605-5492 Office- (617) 520-9206
Topsfield, Ma.
Sean Cody sean@codybrewing.com
West Newbury, Ma.
Bill Hamilton (978) 994-9335
York, Me.
Bill Turner (207) 351-1874

Identifing Bees

Before calling an exterminator or a beekeeper, you should attempt to identify what kind bees you have. If they are yellow jackets call an exterminator, if they are honeybees call a beekeeper. Often people confuse yellow jackets with honeybees. Yellow jackets often live in the ground, but can live in structural cavities, such as a house soffit. Honeybees never live in the ground. Honeybees live in large above the ground cavities such as hollow tree trunks. Yellow jackets are brighter yellow in color and are generally more aggressive than honeybees. Honeybees are more brown than yellow and have fuzz on their thorax, while yellow jackets do not have hair on their thorax. Yellow jackets will eat meat and hang around you hamburger, while honey bees are strict vegetarians. Yet another bee sometimes confused with honeybees are Bumble bees. Bumble bees are much larger, yellow and have considerable hair on their thorax. Bumble bees, like honeybees are quite docile and probably should be left alone. The Pollinator.com web site has an excellent page on identifying bees.