If you suspect that you have found a honey bee swarm, or one has taken up residence on your property please report it via the Beeswarm.uk website HERE
Please be advised that we do not collect bees from wall cavities, chimneys, lofts or roof spaces. If you have bees in these areas then you will need to contact a pest control company to remove them.
Further information regarding reporting swarms can be found on the Welsh Beekeeping Association Interactive Swarm Map page, our contact page and the guidance notes below.
Our members are normally happy to come and collect a honey bee swarm and rehouse them in a safe and appropriate site. This helps alleviate the possible problems caused when the bees decide to make their home in your house, outbuilding or somewhere else equally problematic.
If you have such a swarm and would like it collected by a beekeeper, please report it to our Secretary with the following information:-
1) Name - Your name (if you are reporting on behalf of someone else please include their name in the 'Message'.
2) Post Code - Location of the swarm or your address post code if it is close by. Please do not provide full address at this stage. That can be provided to the volunteer that contacts you to collect.
3) Email address - include your email address (if you are reporting on behalf of someone else and would like us to correspond with them please include their email address in the 'Message'.
4) Phone Number - include your own land line or mobile number (if you are reporting on behalf of someone else please also include their landline and/or mobile number in the 'Message'.
5) Subject - this should include an indication of the area the swarm is located e.g. Swarm in Sketty
6) Details - please describe in as much detail as possible:
In or on what the swarm is located including how high off the ground e.g. I have identified honeybees approx. 2m off the ground in a bush in my garden.
If the swarm is on your property or someone else's and if there is any restriction to access
How long the swarm has been in the location you are reporting (if you know).
Any other information you feel may be relevant should be included (Do not Include your full postal address, only Post Code and contact details).
It would help greatly if you can include/upload a photo of the swarm and the item the swarm is on.
A message will be sent to Society members closest to you that are part of our swarm collection team. The message will include the above information and you (or the person on whose property the swarm is) will hopefully be contacted for further details and provide additional advice if it is unable to be collected.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE:
If the swarm is high in a tree, or in an inaccessible part of the building, we will probably not be able to collect it. If the bees are in a chimney, we regret we cannot access them and the best advice that we can provide is, if the chimney is open, to smoke them out immediately, before they have a chance to settle. It is a natural reaction for the bees to move on if there is smoke and fire near them. If the chimney has not been used for some time then please balance this option with the risk of setting the chimney alight.
If they are in a cavity wall or roof space, we regret we cannot collect them unless the space can be opened e.g. a flat roof is being re-covered, tiles/slates being removed for access and necessary scaffolding in place. If the bees are causing a problem they may have to be destroyed, which we would not do (the services of a BPCA or NPTA registered pest control company would be required and they should be informed that you have already contacted the local Beekeepers Society and no other option is available) and the area made bee proof after treatment to prevent robbing by other bees or other swarms being attracted to the site.