A Branch of the British Columbia Honey Producers Association

Bee Swarms

If you find a swarm of honey bees on your property, home or other location and want to have it removed please remember the following points.

  1. Try to determine if they are in fact honey bees. If you are not sure you can call one of the Beekeepers below and they will help you determine what they are.
  2. Never use a pesticide on bees to remove, kill or scare them away.
  3. Honey bee swarms are rarely dangerous. The bees are filled with honey and are looking for a place to live.
    • A swarm of honey bees will typically leave a hive with half of its workers and the mated queen to find a new home.
    • This is how bee colonies propagate.
    • They will land as a group on a tree, house, or any convenient  spot with the queen being surrounded by the workers.
    • They will stay in this location sometimes for only a few minutes, for few hours, or possibly a day or two until a new, appropriate home is found by “scout” bees.
    • The swarm will then, as one group, fly to this new home. It is an incredible and beautiful sight to watch and hear.
    • Call one of the following beekeepers in your area and they may be able to help you remove the swarm.  Contact a beekeeper as soon as possible, as the swarm may only stay in this location for a matter of hours.

Contact one of the beekeepers below to remove a swarm:

The Burkholders 
1-250-577-3410   cell  250-574-3341 
Chase, Pritchard, Monte Lake, Kamloops areas

David Bruce
6403 Meadowland Cres N
Barnharvale area.

Ian Farber
All Kamloops areas – April to August only.
Will coordinate with beekeepers in other areas.

Joe & Marg Lomond
Lomond’s Ashcroft Honey
250 -457-7193

Gary Martin
778 257 5099
Interested in Swarms but not established nests, in the Kamloops area

Rob Hunter
Hunter Honey Kamloops
hunterhoneykamloops @gmail.com
Home 250-374-5474
Cell     250-320-5474
Swarm removal in and around the City. 
I have some experience with removal from buildings and other challenging circumstances.

Murray Willis
​Valleyview and area 
cell 250-377-1214

Joanne and Gord Nicklas
home:  250-578-8293
cell:  250-320-9052
Any swarms in Kamloops

Lawrence Bergstrand
Swarms in Heffley, Rayleigh, and Barriere

Mikael Kjellstrom
Swarms in Barriere and Little Fort area.