Report a swarm
Every year MDBA volunteers help their communities by collecting local swarms. This is a win-win deal because not only do our beekeepers get a new colony of survivor stock, but the bees get removed from unfortunate locations, are saved from being sprayed with pesticides, and the club receives a $50 donation to help with our education outreach and other programs.
MDBA members are volunteers. We are not licensed contractors and will pass on hazardous or difficult removals. If the swarm is hanging from the high voltage lines call PG&E. And if it has moved inside a building, it is no longer a swarm. Here’s a video of a structural removal – and a great illustration of why we recommend leaving structural removals to the experts.
What to do if you have a swarm
credit: Hannah Lee
Do you have a swarm – Flow Chart
Find a swarm collector
Volunteer swarm collectors and beekeepers are available to help you with your swarm. Click the link to download the latest list of swarm collectors in your area or click on one of the map pins closest to your location.
Become a Swarm Collector
Collecting swarms can be fun and even easy at times. It is a great way to educate the public about the value of bees, the secrets of their lifestyles and the relative harmlessness of the swarm. If you are an MDBA member and would like to be added to the Swarm List, please send an email to Valerie Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your name
- Your contact phone number
- Which cities you are willing to travel to in order to pick up swarms
This is a volunteer activity for which MDBA asks a donation. If you perform professional swarm removals and charge for your services please do not sign up unless you intend to waive your fee for MDBA calls. If, during the course of the year, you find you have no more room for swarms please let Valerie know so that you can be removed from the list.
MDBA volunteer Swarm Collectors must be current members of MDBA and have been members of MDBA for two (2) consecutive years. Volunteers need to attend an orientation meeting on Swarm Collection.
Here are some questions you should ask when you receive a swarm call from a member of the public:
- Thank you for calling and for saving these bees.
- Where is the swarm located?
- How big is it (grapefruit; basketball)?
- Can you see any comb (wax)?
- When did the swarm arrive?
- Is the swarm on your property or someone else’s?
- I am a volunteer with MDBA and we offer swarm removals as a community service but we do request a $50 donation for the removal.