FCBA member beekeepers can come to your location to collect a colony of honey bees but before you call, please read all of our information on how to properly identify honey bees. If possible, take photos so our beekeepers can correctly identify the type of insect causing concern.

Are you sure it’s a honey bee? Honey bees are interested in collecting pollen and nectar from flowers, not in stinging you. If you are having problems with an individual or small group of stinging insects chances are they are NOT HONEY BEES.

At the bottom of this page is a list of FCBA member beekeepers that can come to your location to remove a swarm or a collect a colony of honey bees but, before you call, please read the information below to determine if they are honey bees. If they appear to be something else and pose a threat, we suggest you contact an exterminator.

This is a swarm of honey bees. Honey bees swarm to create new colonies, usually in the Spring and Summer. Do not panic. The swarms themselves are not inherently dangerous. The bees are not looking to attack, they’re just looking for a new home. Our beekeepers will gladly come to the rescue! If it's a swarm, how high up is it off the ground? Be honest, tell us if it's 50 feet up in your tree!

honeybeeswarmsPhotos of Honey Bee Swarms

 

Not Honey Bees

Insects coming from a hole in the ground?

Honey bees construct their hives high above the ground inside a cavity, like a hollow tree. They do not build nests in the ground, so they’re probably not honey bees. Yellow jacket wasps live in colonies in the ground and can be very aggressive. If you feel they pose a threat, we suggest you contact your local exterminator.

Photo of a Yellow Jacket WaspPhoto of a Yellow Jacket Wasp

 

Insects coming from a grey nest hanging from a tree or under a roof?

Paper wasps build grey-colored nests, usually under roof overhangs or on a tree branch. So, if you can see the nest, they’re probably not honey bees. Honey bees do not build visible nests under roof overhangs. If you feel Paper Wasps are posing a threat, you should contact an exterminator.
 

Paper Wasp NestsPhotos of Paper Wasp Nests

 

Are the insects yellow and black?

Not all insects with yellow and black stripes are honey bees. Both yellow jackets and paper wasps may have a black and yellow pattern on their bodies, similar to Honey bees. Honey bees and bumblebees have a coating of hair, while yellow jackets and paper wasps are hairless. So, if the insects aren’t fuzzy they are not honey bees.

yellowjacket paperwaspPhoto of Yellow Jacket & Photo of Paper Wasp

 

bumblebee honeybeePhoto of Bumble Bee & Photo of Honey Bee

 

Who Do You Call?

All of the FCBA beekeepers below can remove a swarm or a hive of honey bees outside of a home, a structure or in a tree. Colonies inside the cavity of a structure (house, garage, shed) need special attention. This type of removal is called a “Cutout” which is a removal of parts from buildings. Also, removing honey bees that have found a home inside your home, like in walls or attics, can be difficult because it usually requires some amount of costly demolition and fees.

Also, remember that beekeeping is a hobby or a small business so FCBA beekeepers do have other jobs which can make it difficult to return your call immediately. But we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Dick Conner: Northampton, MA
413-658-5650

  • Honey Bee Swarm Collecting

John Piepul: Shelburne Falls, MA
413-237-3431
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  • Honey Bee Swarm Collecting
  • Cut-outs for Honey Bees
  • Residential Repair

Tom Graney: Deerfield, Conway & Greenfield, MA
413-522-7288   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Honey Bee Swarm Collecting

Russ Billings: Amherst, MA
413-636-5924

  • Honey Bee Swarm Collecting

Henry and Phylis Keenan: Amherst, MA
413-687-4191

  • Honey Bee Swarm Collecting

Art Canterbury: Montague, Greenfield, Leverett & Sunderland, MA 
413-835-6189 Cell/Text
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  • Honey Bee Swarm Collecting

Amy Musante: Dalton, MA (willing to travel)
413-770-3321 Cell/Text
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  • Honey Bee Swarm Collecting
  • Cut-outs for Honey Bees and Bumble Bees