What is a Swarm?

A swarm is a natural process of colony reproduction whereby the old Queen and about half the colony of worker bees leave their old hive location and seek a new hive site.

When do Swarms begin?

The process usually begins in Spring, but can happen anytime from April to September in Ireland.

What does a Swarm look like?

A swarm of bees are often described as a large cloud of bees that seem to drift through the air.

The number of bees in a swarm can vary from a couple of hundred to several thousand depending on the colony and on the time of year.

Will the bees sting me?

When bees are swarming it is unlikely that they will sting you but please take great care to avoid getting stung in case of any potential allergic reactions.

Why have they landed on my hedge or tree?

Often on their way to a new home, the Queen may decide to take a rest and land on something. This can often be a tree or hedge, lamppost or indeed chimney. The rest of the bees will gather around her to protect her, resembling a large cluster of bees like in the photos below.

What should I do when I see a Swarm?

Do not disturb them and take note of the swarm location using Google Maps and contact us.

If possible, take a few photos of the swarm so that we know what specialist equipment to bring to deal with the swarm.

What do I do then?

Send the following information directly to us via WhatsApp: your name, the photos/videos, the Google Map pin or Eircode, or phone us directly using the “Call a Beekeeper now” link above.