SWARM RETRIEVAL

To report a swarm call Joe Theis at 303-667-1060 or contact the Colorado State Swarm Hotline at 844-779-2337.

Honey bees are social insects (eusocial, technically), and the honey bee colony functions much like a living organism. Just as individual bees reproduce, the colony must reproduce, too. Swarming is the reproduction of a honey bee colony, and it occurs when an existing colony subdivides into two colonies. Swarming is essential to the bees’ survival. If the hive becomes overcrowded, resources will be scarce and the colony’s health will begin to decline. So every now and then, the old queen will take half the hive and find a new place to live. 

Swarm

* Must have membership dues paid to be on Swarm list.
* Must leave to get swarm immediately if you accept a swarm in order to rescue in timely fashion.
* Will try to get everyone a swarm before giving a second swam to someone.
* If call is not answered I will move on to the next person, so as to facilitate timely removal.
* If you do not have a bee vac or can only capture low swarms it may take longer to get you a swarm but I will do my best to match you up with one.
* Please notify me when swarm is rescued or gone so I can keep accurate records.
Any questions please contact Joe at 303-667-1060 or jptheistv@aol.com

Swarm season typically starts in March. Good Luck!!!

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