Ottawa, Kanata, Stittsville Honey Bee Swarm Capture - 613-663-4270
Swarming is how honey bee colonies normally reproduce - by splitting when the colony becomes too strong.  Unfortunately swarming will also occur if the hive site has become unhealthy due to disease or an infestation by pests such as mites.

 When a hive first swarms out they can be found in a cluster (usually about the size of a football or soccer ball) on tree branches; later in hollow cavities like tree trunks or often in urban places such as BBQ's or garages!

Before calling for a swarm catcher, please be sure that they truly are honeybees: not bumblebees, wasps, hornets, etc.   If they are indeed honey bees and in an accessible place, a beekeeper may be able to help by removing them to a modern beehive.

 Please Remember...  1) If you have already sprayed these bees with an insecticide, please do not call a beekeeper as this could be harmful to someone's future honey!

2) When rescuing bees during swarm season, a beekeeper must not only take time out of their busy schedule and expend fuel, they will also have to use equipment that was intended for their own (healthy) bees and instead be used for a colony which will, most likely, not produce any honey crop that year and may not even survive.  

3) Due to less resistance to newer parasites like mites, “wild” bee colonies are endangered.  The beekeeper must presume that all swarming bees are diseased and treat with costly chemicals to prevent transference to his/her other colonies. This risk alone prevents numerous beekeepers from even responding to swarm calls.