A swarm happens when a colony of bees has outgrown their current hive. A new queen will recruit half the bees in a colony and move out to find a new place.
During swarming, bees are extremely docile, because they aren’t guarding resources or a hive. They are resting until their scouts have found a new home.
However, this can also be scary if they are occupying your home, barn, vehicle, or another space that you’d prefer was bee-free.
- Contact someone for help (see list below)
- Observe or take pictures from a safe distance
- Try to move it or disturb it
- Call an exterminator
- Spray water or insecticide on them
Swarm catching or removal is not a service we provide, however, we do have recommendations for you to contact in the case of a swarm settling in your space.
Please note: There is no guarantee a swarm can be easily removed. There is also a chance that swarm removal may require structural damage. The WSU Bee program assumes no responsibility for any damage or liability caused by anyone removing a swarm. These folks all live in or near Pullman, and have agreed to share their contact information for swarm removal.
Please use their contact information only for swarm removal:
Dr. Ryan Kuesel: email@example.com
Dylan Baty: 509-237-3189
Robin Woods: 208-301-1270
Scott Smith: 208-596-1977