Swarm Catchers

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:  venomcollect4free@comcast.net

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
Jordan Bramwell 206-227-2914
Birch Bay, Blaine, Custer, Ferndale
Mariah Brown-Pounds 708-7963 Whatcom and Skagit County
Mindy Collins 778-7962
389-1394
Bellingham, Everson
Deming
Paul Cullman 384-0743
201-0110
Ferndale
Russell Deptuch 815-3989 Ferndale, Bellingham
North Whatcom County
Cathy Duren 671-0351
303-1642
North Bellingham
East Whatcom County
Lynda Feenstra 255-1761 Bellingham
Laurel
Michal Handy 734-9362 Sunnyland Neighborhood
Bellingham
Stan Hanson 671-5623
739-4224
All Bellingham
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
Bellingham
Chris Kazimer 393-1338 Deming, Acme
Whatcom County
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
Serge Tsiporenko 383-7061 Bellingham
Ferndale
Owen Walker 758-2601 South Ferndale
Lummi Reservation