For the public: If you are a member of the public or the pest control industry wishing to report a swarm, call one of the NEW Swarm Hotline numbers!.
Northern Colorado Swarm Hotline: 970-685-3937
Fort Collins – Greeley – Longmont – Loveland area.
Colorado Statewide Swarm Hotline number: 844-SPY BEES (844-779-2337)
Denver, Boulder and areas west.
Have a little patience when calling this number – this automated system will forward your call to the regional swarm coordinator for the area where the swarm is being reported.
We are no longer coordinating the removal of honey bee colonies from structures. Upon request, we can provide the names of people who have told us they perform this service. There is a charge for removal of an established colony of bees – bees in a structure or other enclosed location.
Definition: A swarm of honeybees is group of bees with a queen bee in migration to establish a new colony. Often seen as a 5-inch diameter (or larger) cluster of honey bees attached to – anything! – they generally move on within a few hours to a day, and seldom pose a hazard to anyone. Once a swarm has taken up residence, for example in a building wall or soffit, they are much more difficult and costly to remove. As a public service, please call the swarm hotline immediately when you spot a swarm so the bees can be safely collected by a trained beekeeper and placed in a hive. There is generally no charge for this service. The photo at the right is an exceptionally large swarm attached to a tree.
The Swarm Hotline: For many years, the NCBA has sponsored a Swarm Hotline, coordinated by current CSBA president and past NCBA president Beth Conrey. To be a swarm catcher, please plan to participate in our April 2015 Swarm Hotline meeting on Thursday, April 16th, 6:30-8:30 PM in Loveland. In order to participate in the NCBA Swarm Collection and Hive Removal program – having your name on the list of people who will be called for swarm collection or colony removal from structures – you MUST be a current NCBA member AND have a current (2015 version), signed Membership Application and Liability waiver on file. You can download the application / waiver below, and send it to the address on the form.
If you are an individual or business with liability insurance covering your beekeeping activities, please let Beth know and ask your insurance agent to provide her with a Certificate of Insurance showing coverages for these activities. If you wish to obtain such insurance, Beth Conrey can help you locate a source for this insurance.
Each year Beth Conrey offers Swarm Hotline Participant Training and a Swarm Season Recap for the prior year. It is scheduled for the April Meeting. This meeting is mandatory for those who were not on the Swarm Hotline call list the prior year and wish to participate this year.
If you are interested in being a swarm catcher this year, AND YOU HAVE BEEN A SWARM CATCHER IN THE PAST, please provide Beth with the following information to update her records for this year:
Primary Phone Number
Secondary Phone Number
Whether you do swarm catching only or hive removals
Also how many swarms you are looking for
What city you live in
How far you will go to get a swarm
Any miscellaneous but important information such as: vacation days during swarm season, work availability, etc.