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.

SWARMS

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.

Town State Last Name First Name Home Phone Cell Phone Email
Amesbury MA SAMPLE JASON 978.994.4753 kb1pqb@gmail.com
Andover MA MELDRUM DAVID 978-474-8700 978-806-6439 david.meldrum@verizon.net
Berlin MA SCHRAFT MICHAEL & EVELYN 401-573-9480 bashfulmind@hotmail.com
Beverly MA WILKINS ALAN & LINDA 978-273-8068 walanbirdman@yahoo.com
Beverly MA DEELEY ANITA & BRIAN 978-969-1005 adeeley@gmail.com
Boston MA WILSON-RICH NOAH 617-407-8979 noah@bestbees.com
Boxford MA GAGLIONE JOSEPH & LISA 978-561-1898 jgaglione21@gmail.com
Boxford MA JESSEL MARTY & BARBARA 978-352-2865 978-994-0884 m.jessel@comcast.net
Cambridge MA GADD MEL 617-504-3263 melvinira@gmail.com
Danvers MA HERSCHEDE FRANK & THALE 978-777-8274 f.herschede@verizon.net
Dracut MA LANDRY DONALD 978-957-3039
Georgetown MA BOGDAN DAVID 978-352-8189 davebogdan56@gmail.com
Georgetown MA PARADISO JAMES & ANN MARIE 978-918-5700 jamesjparadiso@aol.com
Gloucester MA CHAPMAN KEN & ALISON 978-283-7788 kenchapman@boothandco.com
Gloucester MA McCARTHY WILLIAM 978-764-6801 bmccarthy95@gmail.com
Groveland MA SAMPLE STAN & KATHY 978-372-5672 samplebee@gmail.com
Groveland MA BROWN SUZANNE & PETER 978-374-4274 978-729-7993 pi.brown@comcast.net
Hamilton MA CLARK GRETEL & PETER 978-468-7206 gretel@milesriver.com
Ipswich MA MANSUR DAVID & MARY 978-356-5657 978.424.8622 mary.mansur.14@gmail.com
Kensington NH PHILLIPS DAN & JO ANNE 603-394-0130 603-770-9521 behive1224@comcast.net
Marblehead MA BUTTERWORTH PAT & STEVEN 781-631-6415 Bworth5@comcast.net
Melrose MA CAGWIN ALINE & JENKIN 774-216-9714 alineandjenkin@gmail.com
Merrimac MA CARDONE BRIAN 978-873-1978 batchman55@yahoo.com
North Andover MA MINOTT ADDISON 978.686.2968 adson57@comcast.net
North Andover MA FOLEY MARY 978-697-5725 myrz@comcast.net
North Andover MA MASTERSON BILL 978.557.5750 bill.masterson@yahoo.com
North Reading MA LAMONT GUS 978-664-5726 asl272@comcast.net
Reading MA DONNELLY MORAN CHARLES & MARGARET 7819429629 donnellymo@gmail.com
Revere MA CATRICALA JOSEPH 781-727-6099 joseph.catricala@gmail.com
Salem MA MAHER KEVIN & JOYCE 978-744-7273 781-223-4294 jqmaher@yahoo.com
Salem MA RYDGREN SARAH 978.210.8174 sarydgren@gmail.com
South Hamilton MA Smolinsky David 978-468-4810 gdsmolinski123@gmail.com
Stoneham MA NEALE GEOFFREY & NORA 617-605-5492 gneale@smma.com
West Newbury MA HAMILTON BERNADETTE & BILL 978-363-1231 978-994-9335 bernieham00@comcast.net
West Newbury MA TONRY ALICE 978-270-5235 alicetonry@comcast.net
Wilmington MA BLOOR NICOLE 781-307-6199 nbloor@comcast.net
York ME TURNER WILLIAM & CHRYSTAL 207-351-1874 bcturner03909@yahoo.com

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 your 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.