DO YOU WANT HELP TO DEAL WITH A SWARM?
If you are present when a swarm arrives in your garden then quietly move away – never run or wave your arms.
take children and pets indoors or move them well away.
THIS IS IMPORTANT
Do seek assistance as soon as possible after becoming aware of a swarms arrival.
Collection of the
swarm is best performed as soon as possible, to prevent the possibility of the colony later moving indoors into a chimney or, cavity, as once inside it is usually very difficult to remove. If you believe that the bees are already inside the structure of your
property then please read this important document:- https://www.bbka.org.uk/swarm - go to Section 3 and click the link to download the very important .pdf file
HOW TO DECIDE WHETHER TO CONTACT A LOCAL SWARM
It is suggested that you check out the excellent national British Bee Keepers Association (B.B.K.A) web site.
It is now easy to get help with your problem.
Go to :- https://www.bbka.org.uk/swarm [Please read section on the site.]
IMPORTANTLY you must check out the pictures of the various bees, if you find from the pictures that the
bees you have are not honey bees, then bee-keepers unfortunately cannot help you very much, so carefully identify your type of bee carefully and follow the advice given.
However if you identify that they are wasps or hornets as these
can be very dangerous if disturbed !!!
Do not touch them or their nest !
You can either contact a local approved registered
pest controller for the Chesterfield & locality, he is called Andy Davis at:- http://www.driveoutpestcontrolservices.co.uk/ - or, if in the Mansfield, Nottingham & District
Area you can contact Martyn Belcher at:- http://www.abmpestcontrol.com a reasonable professional fee is chargeable or,contact Derbyshire County Council who also charge for their services at:- http://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/environment--planning/environmental-health/pest-control or, consult Yellow Pages.
A swarm collector may assist
with bumble bees at his own discretion. Whatever the specie, keep any child or pet well away from them .
In 2017/2018 many swarm collectors have and were, contacted by worried members of the
public [Please Note NO Local council will remove bees] who had 'swarms' and on arrival it was found that the majority were bumble bees. If your swarm does not resemble the above photograph then it is doubtful the visitors are honey bees.
Bumbles can take residence in bird boxes, compost heaps and in lawns or garden flower beds - honey bees do not do this.
If however, from the pictures shown, you have decided that your problem is definitely with honey bees,
then on the website go to https://www.bbka.org.uk/swarm -Section 4 "Contact your local Swarm Collector" and use the simple instructions on that page.
Here you will be asked to
enter your Post Code in the box provided and this will take you to a list of experienced local beekeepers who are registered as 'Swarm Collectors', it will show their contact details and how far they are from you. Remember the nearest swarm collector to you
may not be available so be prepared to contact another collector.
When talking to your 'selected' swarm collector, give them your full name, your address + Post Code (for use with a SatNav) and any telephone numbers - land line and mobile phones. It
will be helpful if you can give as much information as possible – the approximate size of the swarm ( big/small cluster - the illustration above is a large swarm), give its location, height from the ground and when the swarm arrived. This will help the
swarm collector decide what equipment he may need to bring with him. Write down his mobile phone number etc. so you can update him on anything occurring with the swarm e.g if the swarm goes away to somwhere unknown.
REMEMBER PLEASE DON'T PANIC AT ANY TIME & ALL WILL BE WELL !!
The C.D.B.K.A. operates a voluntary swarm retrieval service throughout the area as a Public
Service. However Please Note.The beekeeper collecting a swarm, acts as an individual and not on behalf of the Chesterfield & District Beekeepers Association or, the British Beekeepers Association.
You will usually
be requested to sign a 'BBKA Disclaimer' this is as follows ;-I /Wethe undersigned property owner/manager/tennant, ( delete not applicable) do hereby authorise the Swarm Colector named above to remove the honeybee
swarm as requested. I/We the undersigned property owner/manager/tennant, ( delete not applicable), accept all responsibilityfor any damage incurred to our land and/or property as a consequence or such removal and collection.
collectors are VOLUNTEERS. When you ring them up, as stated they may be unavailable or, otherwise busy and will not always be available to respond immediately to your call. If you wish to, leave a voicemail
Beekeepers are not insured to collect swarms, and although they love honeybees, no swarm is worth being foolish enough to risk life, limb or damage to property for! The service provided
is to remove swarms of honey bees only from accessible places.
As travelling costs are ever spiralling upwards, at the discretion of the beekeper, a charge may be required usually up to £25.00p,
this will be usually made for the service or, a similar donation to our Chesterfield Association is requested. A cheaper rate for O.A.P's etc is usually applied.
This fee is a call out fee and applies whether
honey bees are collected or not.
Remember, dependent on the situation of the swarm, a professional pest controller may charge up to £100 or more for his services!