Help! I've got BEES!

People often call ECOBA when a swarm of honeybees enters their lives.  We have many members who are willing and able to remove swarms.

How you can help:

When bees swarm, time is of the essence.   A swarm in the open is relatively easy to catch, but will only stay in the open several hours before finding a refuge.  Once they find a defensible nesting site – inside a tree, wall or attic – capture is much more difficult. 

Have answers to the following questions when you call:

  • WHO:  Please provide your name, address and callback number.
  • WHAT:  Are you sure they’re honeybees?  Take photos of the swarm with your cell phone to send to the person you contact!
  • WHEN:  How long have the bees been in their present location?
  • WHERE:  What is the address where they are located? Are they on your property?  If not, whose property are they on?  If we can’t find you, we can’t collect the swarm!
  • HOW MANY:  What size is the swarm ball – like a softball? basketball? beachball?
  • HOW HIGH: How high off the ground are they?  Are they in a tree or bush?  Can the tree or shrub limb be cut if necessary?

 Please note that if a swarm of bees has taken up residence inside an attic or wall, there may be costs involved in repairing damage from removal & cleanup, and you should be prepared to contact a specialist in removal of this type of swarm, or a home repair expert once we leave. Any person you contact will explain how this works as it relates to their services.  

Honeybee Swarm Catch or Remove List