The Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers group is offering help with bee swarms.

As part of their natural reproductive cycle, honeybees will swarm. A swarm is when a queen and a good portion of the worker population of bees leave the hive to find a new home. While a honeybee swarm is relatively harmless, it can be a frightening sight to people. Swarms should not be sprayed with water or disturbed in any other way. It is best to clear the area until a beekeeper arrives to make the removal.

Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers can remove a swarm. Its members do not remove hornets’ nests, bumblebees, wasps, or other stinging insects – just honey bees.

Note that exterminators will not kill honey bees and often refer homeowners to find a beekeeper. Conversely, beekeepers are not exterminators and will not remove other insects. Please try to identify them as honey bees and thank you for your interest in helping this important pollinator.

To report a swarm, go to “Report a Swarm”


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