York County Beekeepers Association

Swarms

SCBA’s swarm team consists of  local beekeepers who are willing to collect honey bee swarms in Sagadahoc County and greater Brunswick.

To report a swarm in your area, click here

If you can’t find someone on the list, report it to the Maine State Beekeepers Association’s swarm team, or call 207-619-4233.

Please make sure that what you are seeing are honey bees and not wasps or hornets before contacting a beekeeper. A swarm appears as a tight cluster of bees with others drifting in close proximity, and will look similar to those in the photo. Although usually seen hanging off a tree branch or fence, they will occasionally choose other locations. Swarming bees may appear frightening but are actually quite docile as they don’t have a hive to defend at that moment. They will generally hang around for only a few hours to a day before flying away to a new home.

Watch this 2:38 video to see the difference between bees and wasps

how to ID bees and wasps

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