Bee Swarms: Move Them, Don't Spray Them!

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Swarms are generally quite passive but they can be alarming due to the numbers of bees within the swarm.
Swarms will eventually leave on their own, or you can call a beekeeper to catch the bees as a swarm.

Call the Swarm Hotline, 1-844-779-2337, then press 3.

See a bee swarm? DO NOT ATTEMPT TO KILL THEM, please don’t spray them with pesticides or water! Call the toll-free bee swarm hotline instead. There are volunteer beekeepers throughout the state ready to be dispatched to collect the bees and transfer them to a new home quickly and for free.

In Colorado, bees swarm from early April until the end of the summer with May and June being the busiest months. Swarms are generally quite passive but they can be alarming due to the numbers of bees within the swarm. Swarms will eventually leave on their own, or you can call a beekeeper to catch the bees as a swarm.

The honeybee population is shrinking, in 2015-16 beekeepers lost 44 percent of their colonies. We need bees! The bees that swarm are “survivor bees” and are crucial to our environmental health and in pollinating crops for our food supply.

Call the new toll-free Swarm and Structural Removal Hotline, 1-844-779-2337, and press 3 for our area. For more information visit www.coloradobeekeepers.org/structural-hive-removal.html.

City of Northglenn
11701 Community Center Drive
Northglenn, CO 80233
303-451-8326