Scroll down for information about honeybee swarms and how to deal with them. Then contact one of our members from the Swarm Catchers list at the bottom of this page.
Note: We cannot help with wasps, hornets, or other insect problems. Honeybees only, please. Wasps or Hornets can sometimes be removed for free by Doug Cheney who makes a circuit of area counties collecting wasp/hornet nests for medical use: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important information to consider before calling a beekeeper on our list:
● Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association publishes an annual list of members who are available to retrieve honeybee swarms from many Whatcom County areas. This is generally a free service, benefitting both citizens and beekeepers.
●Honeybee Swarms are docile and harmless if not disturbed. Swarms occur in late spring and summer. A swarm is a dense cloud of flying bees which eventually settles in a tree or bush, then forms a tight cluster to stay warm and protect their queen. They are intent on finding a new home after having left their old, overcrowded home. Remember, swarms are not aggressive, though there are always “guard bees” on duty. The guard bees will sting if the swarm is threatened. Leave the swarm for a beekeeper to deal with, or just leave it undisturbed and it will usually leave in a day or two. A clustered swarm is just stopping temporarily as honeybees do not fly at night.
●Our beekeepers service most areas of the Whatcom County. Please check to see that they service your area before calling. The sooner you call after sighting a swarm, the better the odds of successfully capturing it.
●Beekeepers will first ask a few questions on the phone to determine if the swarm consists of Honeybees. They are not prepared to deal with other types of bees, wasps or hornets. Honeybees are golden with black stripes. Wasps are bright yellow.
●Beekeepers capture swarming colonies of honeybees in order to replace hives lost over the winter or to increase the number of hives in their apiaries.
●Beekeepers may decline to capture a swarm if it’s in a dangerous location or inside the wall or roof of a building. Beekeepers are not responsible for property damage once you have asked them to remove a swarm. You may be asked to sign a permission form.
Questions? Use the form below to ask general questions about honeybee swarms or about our swarm list. If you have a genuine honeybee swarm that needs immediate attention, scroll down for the 2014 Swarm Catchers list to find a beekeeper who catches swarms in your area.
2014 Swarm Catchers
|Name||Contact Phone||Coverage Area|
|Miguel Boriss||483-7892||Bellingham & 10 miles surrounding|
||Birch Bay, Blaine, Custer, Ferndale|
|Mariah Brown-Pounds||708-7963||Whatcom and Skagit County|
|Russell Deptuch||815-3989||Ferndale, Bellingham
North Whatcom County
East Whatcom County
|Michal Handy||734-9362||Sunnyland Neighborhood
|Chris Hovard||734-5387||Lake Whatcom
South Bellingham Area
|Michael Jaross||676-9214||WWU, Fairhaven
Chuckanut, South Hill
|Heather K & Don Johnston||224-5751||Whatcom County
|Chris Kazimer||393-1338||Deming, Acme
|Jim Lyons||733-2480||Geneva Area|
|Jon Raney||393-2965||Whatcom County|
|Sean Slocum||739-0744||NE Whatcom County
L. Whatcom, N. B'ham
|Jeff Sprecher||319-7471||All Whatcom County|
|Owen Walker||758-2601||South Ferndale