Swarm List

A list of beekeepers who may be able to help you remove a swarm

Swarms will sometimes stay for hours, depending upon how long it takes the scouts to find a suitable home. Feel free to contact those listed below to see if they are available at the time you have the swarm. You can also submit a request to our swarm alert by completing the form below. Please note: these beekeepers are only equipped to help with honey bees. They cannot do anything with other types of bees or flying insects (hornets, ground bees, etc.)

David Bearden – 205 614 1548
Judy Calderwood – 205 926 7753 or 205 316 8944
Dennis Harbinson – 205 826 4566
Chuck Allen – 205 202 0501

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a swarm?

A swarm is essentially a cluster of honey bees that are looking for a new home. Honey bee swarms may contain several hundred to several thousand bees – comprised of mostly worker bees, a few drones and one queen. The majority of the bees will cluster around the queen – giving the swarm a “beard” effect. A few scouts will fly off in search of suitable habitat such as a hollow tree. Swarming is a natural occurrence for honey bees as the colony grows and gets crowded. Swarming usually occurs in late spring and early summer.

Is this swarm dangerous?

While bees should be treated with caution and respect, swarms are generally not dangerous. Prior to swarming, honey bees gorge themselves on honey to take with them. This reduces their ability to sting. Additionally, they are usually more concerned about guarding the queen than anything else. So keep your distance, but admire the phenomenon as it is quite spectacular to see. For additional information, see this article.

Are these honey bees?

How can you know if these are honey bees? Typically by the clustering – or “bearding” – of the bees and the fact that they will be on a branch or off-the-ground structure. If you see a lot of bees but no cluster, it is likely not honey bees. If they are gathered in a hole in the ground, they are likely not honey bees. (At least not in Alabama.)

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