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
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
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.
Dave Meldrum (978) 474-8700
Tom Rando 978-475-7270
Anita & Brian Deeley 978-778-8276(c) 978-969-1005(h)
Ken Anderson (978) 930-1334
Noah Wilson-Rich (617) 407-8979
Marty Jessel (978) 994 0884 (c) (978) 994-0884
Mel Gad (617) 504-3263
Frank Herschede (978) 777-8274
David Bogdan (978) 352-8189
Ken Chapman (978) 283-7788
Wiliam McCarthy (978) 764-6801
Stan Sample (978) 372-5672
Gretel Clark (978) 468-7206
Dave & Mary Mansur (978) 356-5657
Dan Phillips (603) 394-0130
Eric Wilson (h) 978-526-9102 (c) 978-317-6254
Pat & Steven Butterworth (781) 631-6415
Alan Wilkins (978) 273-8068
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
Kevin Maher (978) 744-7273
Geoff Neale Home- (617) 605-5492 Office- (617) 520-9206
Sean Cody firstname.lastname@example.org
West Newbury, Ma.
Bill Hamilton (978) 994-9335
Bill Turner (207) 351-1874
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.
web site has an excellent page on identifying bees.