Why do Bees Swarm?

Swarming is perfectly natural and is no cause for alarm. A new honeybee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the hive with a large group of worker bees, to look for a new or more suitable home.

Honeybees swarming on a branch, in a tree

A swarm of bees is awesome to witness and can sometimes frighten people, though the bees are usually not aggressive at this stage. They are busy looking for a new home for the queen and have no hive to defend. This does not mean that bees from a swarm will not attack if they perceive a threat; however, most bees only attack in response to intrusions against their hive.

Swarm clusters, hanging off of a tree branch, will move on and find a suitable nesting location in a day or two.

If you see a swarm of bees you should contact your nearest bee keeping association, or your local council should have a list of bee keepers that offer a swarm collection service. Most bee keepers would make a charge for removal of a swarm from your property. If you see a swarm on your property and you are not too far from the London Borough Of Waltham Forest, and you would like us to remove it for a small fee, and a cup of tea, then please contact us.