(540) 317-1170 (textable)
Swarms are a honeybee colonies' natural way of reproducing. When the colony gets too crowded in the parent (original) hive, the workers prepare for a new queen to be raised, the original queen and about half of the workers leave the colony in a cloud. They'll all settle down for a short time in a cluster nearby. They could settle on a bush, tree, BBQ grill, car, bench, or any other item close-by. While they're clustered, scout bees go out to search for a new home. Once a few options have been located, the scout bees 'present' their selection to the group; after selecting the preferred option, the group flies off to their new home.
Sometimes, the new home the bees choose is in the side of a dwelling, accessible through a hole in the siding of a house, or around the flashing on a chimney. If a honeybee colony takes up residence in a home, it can cause significant damage to the dwelling. Colony removal from dwellings are done by a select group of beekeepers. A lot of work is involved in this type of 'cut-out'. It's usually not done for free, and the homeowner will need to arrange for the immediate repair of the area. Oftentimes, the beekeeper is not the same person that does the repair. It's important to repair the dwelling immediately because that area now has an attractive odor that other scout bees will be drawn to. We've seen instances where a new swarm of bees has moved in to a recently cut-out area of a dwelling, because the repair was not done in a timely fashion.
While we do not provide an endorsement for any of the extractors listed below - if you have honeybees in your wall, you can contact these beekeepers to discuss removal options:
Bee Removals and Cut-outs (Removing bees from structures)
Removing bees from structures can be a complicated and involved process and usually involves some carpentry. Expect this service to have a fee.
The following beekeepers are listed on the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah swarm page:
Donielle & Michael Rininger: 540-317-1170 (Central and Northern Fauquier County)
Danny Smedley: 540-222-4994 (swarms and cutouts in Warren, Clarke, Fauquier & Rappahannock counties)
Doug Koch: 540-313-5183 (avail in Winchester City, Frederick Cnty, Western Clarke Cnty)
Ed Shideler: 540-272-6265 (avail in Frederick Cnty)
David Reese: 540-636-8669 (avail in Warren Cnty)
The following beekeepers are listed through the Prince William Beekeepers Association website:
Dave Wright: 703-587-8323
Frank Williams: 540-270-5609 (day) or 540-937-4548 (evening) Also does home repair
Glen Poe: Gpoe@mris.com
John Hamilton: email@example.com
Mike Kestner: Chevalier Bee Removal : 703-303-6310
The Beekeepers: 800-496-2337
Ben Cheek: 703-201-6401 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Swarms are not aggressive and very beneficial. Please DO NOT spray a honeybee swarm with insect killer or call an exterminator - instead, contact a beekeeper, like us!
Call or text us at 540-317-1170. Let us know where you're located, how accessible the swarm is, how long it's been there, and your contact info so we can get in touch.
Video: Why There's no Need to Panic Over a Swarm of Bees