Swarms

If your swarm looks like the above picture, or perhaps like this:

Lozenge shaped swarm
Courtesy John Farrow

Then they are definitely honeybees and beekeepers will collect them.

If however they look like the picture below, they are wasps and beekeepers do not collect these.
They are good for the garden as they feed their brood on greenfly etc… But if they are a nuisance, a pest control officer will deal with them or you can buy a ‘Wasp Spray’ from a hardware store, B & Q or Homebase and spray the foam at the entrance of their nest.

If your bee looks like this, they are bumblebees.

Bumblebee on Artichoke
Courtesy John Farrow

They very rarely sting and if you have a nest it will only last a couple of months for all their brood to hatch.
However if they are causing a problem and they are reasonably accessible, beekeepers may re-locate them subject to discussion:

Below is a pdf document of beekeepers who are prepared to collect swarms.

Swarm Collectors 1802

If you cannot contact the one nearest to you, then go to the next nearest on this list.

Be patient, because during the swarming season all of us may be very busy collecting swarms!

We usually make a charge to cover our petrol expenses and time.

Normally we charge £20 callout as this could involve returning in the evening to collect the flying bees, but this is open to discussion with the collector.

The bees you see flying around are the scout bees, who have been negotiating a new home, which could be in a chimney, under roof tiles or outbuildings. If they take up residence in your home this would involve scaffolding and a great deal of time and cost to get them removed!! To see what’s involved click on Bees in Buildings.
So to avoid this risk, contact the nearest collector from the list below.

Swarm Collectors 1802

Using an extended swarm catcher, it appears nothing is too difficult for one of our Intrepid Sevenoaks Team!!

Extreme Swarm Collecting
Courtesy Sarah Rapley

Examples of swarms collected by the Sevenoaks Team in PDF format can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

Swarms removed by the Sevenoaks Team