Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association

Got a Swarm?

Got a Swarm?

Each spring, honeybee colonies that have survived the previous winter will create one or more swarms. Swarms are nature’s way to create new colonies of bees.

If you have a swarm on your property, don’t panic!

  • Swarms are not dangerous and will not sting unless provoked.
  • Do not spray swarms with any chemicals, keep children and pets safely away from the swarm, and let us know right away.

Let us know about the swarm!

Send us an email at OrangeBlossomBeekeepersAssoc@gmail.com with the Subject: I have a swarm!

Make sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Telephone number
  • Address/location of the swarm
  • A description of where the swarm has landed — in a tree, on a building, etc.
  • Include your best guess of how high they are off of the ground.
  • Attaching a photo of the swarm is also helpful but not necessary.

Swarms

In Florida, swarms are common from late February through mid-June, but can happen at other times throughout the year depending on weather and other conditions.

When a swarm first emerges, thousands of bees can be seen and heard flying slowly to a bivouac site — usually a tree or another tall structure near the original hive — where they wait while the more experienced members of the swarm search for a new hive location.

While the swarm is in its bivouac site, it can be safely retrieved by an experienced beekeeper.

A colony of honeybees inside the walls of a house or hollow tree is not a swarm and cannot be easily retrieved.

Our club maintains a network of experienced beekeepers here in central Florida who can remove the swarm from your property without harming the bees. The bees will then be given a safe, cozy new home by one of our beekeepers.

Please remember that we are a group of volunteers, and it is not possible for us to retrieve every swarm. Occasionally, swarms are too high, too close to electrical wires, or have landed in another unsafe location.