Brazoria County Beekeepers Association
Brazoria County Beekeepers Association

Tips to know if you have a swarm or an established colony

Swarms will have the following characteristics:

  • No honey comb.
  • A tight cluster of bees.
  • It can be in the shape of a ball, spread flat onto a surface, or dangling from a tree.
  • They have usually only been there for a short period of time.
  • These are easy to remove and can usually be picked up quickly. Generally a swarm is not agressive as they do not have brood or honey to protect.  They could be in their location for a short period of time, maybe a few hours, or up to a few days.

An established colony will have some of the following characteristics:

  • Bees are utilizing honey comb to store their larvae and resources
  • Is more commonly in an enclosed space.  This could be your walls, water meters, phone boxes,attics, hollow trees/limbs, etc. Although “open air hives” exist as well so that cluster you have seen for quite a while in a tree may actually be an established colony.
  • Have typically been in place for a longer period of time
  • More difficult to remove.
  • May be more costly for a professional to remove but it’s more crucial to get a true professional. Bee hives leave behind scents that will attract other bees if you don’t take the necessary steps.



Examples of swarms you may see

Examples of what you may see if you have an established colony at your home.

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