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. A pest control officer will deal with them or you can buy a ‘Wasp Spray’ from B & Q, Homebase or hardware store and spray the foam at the entrance of their nest.

If your bee looks like this, they are bumblebees.


Image 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 list of beekeepers who are prepared to collect swarms.

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!!
So to avoid this risk, contact the nearest collector from the list below.

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

Image courtesy of Sarah Rapley

Sevenoaks Area Swarm Collectors

TN 9 1LF 07 768 435 738 Tim Harris
TN14 6BN 01 732 750 885 Cliff Hayward
TN15 0ES 07 970 484 232 Sarah Rapley
TN15 0SB 07 740 640 686 Andrew McFadyen
TN15 0ER 07 871 098 989 Bret McCulloch from the list
TN15 6RZ 07 989 421 927 John Farrow
TN15 7LT 07 849 090 447 Brian Wood

Tonbridge & T.Wells Area Swarm Collectors

TN 1 2DB 07 414 491 874 Peter Hutton
TN 2 5AB 01 892 526 085 Robin Toop
TN 2 3HG 07 963 010 081 Barry Chaseley
TN 4 8DU 07 582 701 247 Vic Webb
TN 6 1HF 01 892 653 863 Richard Rose
TN 9 1LF 07 768 435 738 Tim Harris

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