When a honey bee colony outgrows its current space, the queen and roughly half the bees leave to find a new home. First they land on a tree branch, bush, or some other location usually 3-15 feet off the ground. This soft, fuzzy group of bees is called a swarm, and is typically the size of a football or basketball, though it may spread out. They stay this way for a few hours or a few days, while scout bees are looking for a new suitable place to live. Then the swarm leaves. (Honey bee swarms do not look like nests made of paper.)
If you see a honey bee swarm, like above, call one of our beekeepers from the list below, or call/text (630) 557-6233 immediately so a beekeeper can be dispatched. Please leave a detailed message that describes the swarm size, exact street address and location on the property, and height from the ground. Send photos if available.
These photos show wasp nests, which do not contain or support honey bees. Call an exterminator. Honey bees do not usually create nests in the open, preferring enclosed spaces.
While the swarm is formed, the bees are extremely gentle. They have no home to protect, no young to care for, and no honey stores. Call a beekeeper right away as soon as you notice a swarm appearing, so we can come collect them and relocate the bees to an apiary where they will be cared for.
Try to identify whether what you have are actually honey bees (bottom left) using the chart below. Sending photos to the beekeeper is always appreciated.
If indicated, these members remove honey bee swarms, usually at no cost and/or will remove honey bees from structures (called a cut-out) usually at a cost. Contact one as soon as you notice a swarm of honey bees. Be prepared to describe the swarm size, exact location and height from the ground.
|Homer Glen||Andy Koning||8154854211||X|
|New Lenox||William Urban||815-485-7240||X|
|Orland Park||Patrick Schab||708-334-9521||X|
|Orland Park||Jerry Stechmiller||708 606-3655||X|
|University Park||Marva King||708-534-2221||X|
|Willow Springs||Mary Hodina||708 204 9239||X|