Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies including the domesticated Western honey bee. In the process, two or more colonies are created in place of the original single colony.

With the recent increase in the collapse of honey bee colonies, it is critical that we rescue these swarms. Every colony is critical to ensure we maintain a successful ecosystem and productive harvest.

Swarming usually occurs in the Spring. It is common for these swarms to cluster on trees or outdoor furniture. A swarm is classified as a large football-sized (or larger) cluster of bees suspended from a tree or other structure. Though not particularly hazardous, people are often intimidated by the large number of bees.

If you see a swarm of bees or receive a call about a swarm of bees, we hope you will find the below list useful. It contains contact information for local beekeepers interested in capturing swarms. Please note: Unless specified, the listed responders do not respond to swarms of wasps, hornets or other insects. Responders are listed alphabetically by county.

Can You Tell Them Apart?

Part of the fear that gives rise to hysteria in communities about backyard beekeeping is the simple inability to tell the honeybee apart from more agressive insects like wasps and yellow jackets. The honeybee is so busy collecting pollen, this lowly vegetarian has no time to visit your picnics or bother you when you are mowing or landscaping. Read the facts here.

Montgomery County Beekeepers: Can You Tell a Honeybee from a Wasp or Yellow Jacket?

Jim Bobb
Berks, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
(610) 584-6778
swarms, bee removals from within buildings and stinging insects — 7 days/week

Dan Boylan
Cairnsgrove Gardens/Apiaries
Berks, Montgomery County
(610) 906-6182

Bruce Metz
Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties
(215) 272-6011

Mark Antunes
Upper and Central – Bucks and Montgomery Counties
(484) 955-0768 (Cell)
(215) 257-7121 (Home)

Jim Bobb
Berks, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
(610) 584-6778
swarms, bee removals from within buildings and stinging insects — 7 days/week

Jim King
Any location between Telford and Allentown
(215) 817-3120

Bruce Metz
Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties
(215) 272-6011

Dale Schilling
Montgomery and Bucks Counties
(215) 852-7901

Jim Bobb
Berks, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
(610) 584-6778
swarms, bee removals from within buildings and stinging insects — 7 days/week

Dan Boylan
Cairnsgrove Gardens/Apiaries
Montgomery County
(610) 906-6182

Bruce Metz
Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties
(215) 272-6011

Bruce Metz
Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties
(215) 272-6011

Vincent Aloyo
Blue Bell region
(484) 557-4049

Mark Antunes
Upper and Central – Bucks and Montgomery Counties
swarm and honeybee removals
(484) 955-0768 (Cell)
(215) 257-7121 (Home)

Jim Bobb
Berks, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
(610) 584-6778
swarms, bee removals from within buildings and stinging insects — 7 days/week

Ed Bonsell
Hatfield and Lansdale
(267) 825-4674

Greg Borneman
15 mile radius around Limerick/Pottstown (approx. Green Lane to Exton and Reading to King of Prussia)
(484) 374-3588

Dan Boylan
Cairnsgrove Gardens/Apiaries
Montgomery County
(610) 906-6182

Tim Cherry
Central Montgomery County
(610) 306-9059

Joe Duffy
Glenside/Willow Grove and nearby areas in Montgomery County
(215) 885-1681

Scott Famous
Skippack, Schwenksville, Graterford, Collegeville, Worcester, Royersford, Red Hill, Green Lane and East Greenville
(610) 329-4399

Bill Jasulaitis
Montgomery County
(610) 275-1106

Jim King
Any location between Telford and Allentown
(215) 817-3120

Allan Lattanzi
Montgomery County
610-505-3341

David Lattanzi
Montgomery County
(484) 624-2998

Con McNutt
Montgomery County
(267) 241-6728

Bruce Metz
Montgomery, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties
(215) 679-0206
(215) 272-6011 (Cell)

Dale Schilling
Montgomery and Bucks Counties
(215) 852-7901

Larry Tornetta
Conshohocken, Plymouth Township, Ambler
(610) 842-6950

Jim Bobb
Berks, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
(610) 584-6778
swarms, bee removals from within buildings and stinging insects — 7 days/week