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Swarm Resources

Houston Bee Removal Services

We often (very often) get messages and phone calls asking us to remove bees from people's property. Many professional beekeepers provide this service; alas, Bee2Bee does not. We like to install bees onto properties and leave carpentry work to those who excel in the trade. 

First thing to know: swarms are docile and you are not in danger. 

This is what a swarm generally looks like - sometimes it's a "ball" hanging from a tree or structure. Mostly a swarm is temporary and will be gone within 24 hours. 

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A swarm is different from a colony of bees who have found a home - they are building honeycomb, they are bringing back pollen, etc. These can be either aggressive or docile and are often inside structures, protected from the elements - homes, water meters, sheds, etc. It's best to remove these bees as soon as possible before it becomes an issue (and trust us, they will). Plus, the sooner you do it, the cheaper it will be. 

 

Here are some good Houston-area bee removal resources:

 

  1. Contact your local/county beekeeping association. They will typically have a list on their site or send out a message to their members.

    a. Houston Beekeepers Association Swarms: email Hank
    b. Houston Natural Beekeepers Association Swarms: call Wendy @ 281-907-3250
    c. Harris Country Beekeepers Association

  2. The Texas Beekeepers Association has a swarm removal page: http://texasbeekeepers.org/swarms/

  3. Contact fellow beekeepers (in Houston) - they will rehome your bees! 

    Amber Miller
    Texas Keeper Bee Company
    713.591.1045

    Cyrus Nasr
    HIVE Bee Farm
    713.419.9323

    Michael Perkins 
    Inner Loop Solutions
    713.515.1954

    Michael Hanan 
    BeardyandtheBees
    828.502.0644

Also, expect to pay for the beekeepers' time and effort. I hear from people who say, "I've called and it was too expensive/they should do it for free bees." Well, you can't pay bills with bees. This service is how many make a living. Shop around until you find a price you're comfortable with.

If this continues to happen to your property year after year, Bee2Bee does offer swarm trap services (to catch swarms safely). Contact us for details.