PBBA member Sherri Cooper catches

her first swarm, 15 foot up! 8-30-2010

Way to go Sherri!

For honey bee problems or removal in Pennsylvania, please read

the following information. When calling a beekeeper, have as much

details about the bees as possible. Where are they located,

how high up, are there obstructions or safety issues, and

have they been identified as honey bees.

While many beekeepers try to save swarms and colonies of honey bees,

much time and effort can be spent in helping a homeowner deal with

removals. Please do not expect any beekeeper to spend an entire day

removing honey bees due to their passion in keeping bees. Beekeepers

provide a valuable service to the homeowner, and the environment. Price

for this service should be discussed with the beekeeper.



Swarms - Swarms are clusters of honey bees that rest on a branch or

other structure such as a mailbox of fence post. Above are several

pictures of swarms.

Swarms are the honey bees way of perpetuating their species.

Healthy colonies most years will raise extra queens and cast

off a portion of bees, to start a new colony in a new location.

Swarms are bees in transition to a new location. Once a colony

casts off a swarm, they will settle in a cluster, then send out

scout bees to look for a new location. The bees remain

in cluster until all the scout bees agree to a new location.

The swarm may stay for 3 hours or three days.

Occasionally they stay so long that an open air colony results.

It is important to catch swarms as soon as possible. While swarms

present little danger if left undisturbed, they do pose a problem

to homeowners if the bees decide to take up residence in cavities

of homes and other structures. If this happens, it now becomes very

difficult to remove bees once they are established in a wall or

other location in a structure.

Swarms are usually easy for beekeepers to remove. But this

depends on the location, drive distance, time requirements, and

other factors. Cost for swarm removals should be

discussed with the individual beekeeper being contacted. 





Please do not spray honey bees. They are beneficial to the environment. 


Extractions....involves removing bees that have taken up 
residence inside a home's wall or other structure.  Extraction is the only way
to effectively remove the bees, stopping any further damage to your home.  Many
people who want to stop bees from accessing their home spray the entry point and
then plug the area, not realizing the possible damage for years to come.
colonies can reach numbers as high as 60,000 bees. Bees can also pack away
hundreds of pounds of honey inside building walls.  To simply spray the hole and
plug it means there will now be thousands of rotting bees inside the wall.  And the
honey will attract insects for years to come, with the potential devastating damage to
your homes interior structure. 
Extractions may involve removing part of the wall to properly remove the bees. 
And the time involved to do the job correctly could last many hours.
Price may vary depending on travel, time, and difficulty of the job.
Most beekeepers work with the homeowner to minimize any structure damage in
removing the honey bees.  But any repair work beyond simple tasks, normally require the
homeowner to call a handyman.

For honey bee and stinging insect

identification please CLICK HERE

Please see our County Coordinators page for a contact nearest you for help and assistance.

A bald faced hornets nest. Nasty, nasty nasty! Not anything like the nice honey bees.