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MDBKA Swarm Service

Identify bees and wasps:

Find a Swarm Collector:

Do you think you have a swarm of honey bees? … Bees, bumblebees and wasps often get confused for one another, please check our identification chart.

Swarm Collection

The Association get many calls each year reporting a swarm of honey bees only to find a bumblebee nest. Please be aware that we will not destroy a bumblebee nest as they are an endangered species. It is important that you are able to tell the difference between wasps, bumble bees and honey bees so as not to incur a charge to cover time and transport expenses.

Honey bees will be either collected and removed or destroyed depending on their situation. Note: honeybees are less likely to sting when they are swarming as they have no home to protect.

Know the Difference

Wasps

Wasps are very smooth mainly yellow with black stripes? If they are in the roof of your house, coming from a round nest in a tree or shed? Then they are most likely wasps and we WILL NOT terminate or collect wasps. Please contact your local council for advice.

Bumblebees

Bumblebees are fat, fluffier and rounder than honey bees. If they are living in the ground, in a compost heap, dustbin, birdhouse, in chimneys or under soffits then they are most likely bumblebees and we WILL NOT terminate or collect bumblebees. Please contact your local council for advice.

Solitary Bees

These bees are solitary and will not form a swarm. They have a red/brown appearance or can be almost black in colour. and we WILL NOT terminate or collect solitary bees. Please contact your local council for advice.

If you are interested in bees perhaps you might like to become a member of our Association, please: