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 number: 970-658-4949
Berthoud, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley,
Colorado Statewide Swarm Hotline number: 844-SPY BEES (844-779-2337)
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.
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. To be a swarm catcher, please plan to participate in our April Swarm Hotline meeting. 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, signed Membership Application and Liability waiver on file. You will also need to follow the swarm catcher rules of engagement. Please download and return this form to the swarm dispatch coordinator. You can download the application / waiver below, and send it to the address on the form.
Bees Rescue from Structures: We are no longer coordinating the removal of honey bee colonies from structures. You can view/search the names of people who have told us they perform this service in our business directory. There is usually a charge for removal of an established colony of bees – bees in a structure or other enclosed location. NCBA is not liable for any damage or injury as a result of a structural removal. It is up to you to make sure the contractor is capable and insured for their service. View Directory Listings
If you are an individual or business with liability insurance covering your beekeeping activities, please let our swarm coordinator know and ask your insurance agent to provide them with a Certificate of Insurance showing coverages for these activities. If you wish to obtain such insurance, contact your insurance agent.
Each year NCBA 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 download and complete the form and bring it with you to the mandatory swarm meeting.
If you are in need of having a bee hive removed from a structure, please view our beekeeper services directory.