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Swarm Retrieval/Removal

Do you have a honeybee swarm on your property?  Swarms of honeybees (as pictured) can be found throughout the spring and early summer, and are unlikely to survive if not placed in a hive. Our beekeepers are, understandably, very anxious to save these bees by collecting them (without pesticides or chemicals). If you see a swarm of honeybees, please follow the steps below:

Step One: Confirm you have Honeybees.  Take a picture of your swarm to share with the swarm coordinator.

Step Two: Contact our Swarm Coordinator, Lisa Maguire, lmaguirepcba@gmail.com, 781.985.5926. Please leave a message if you get a voicemail, and you will get a call back. Have the following information available:

  • Address where the swarm is located.
  • Location of the swarm (in the bushes, on a tree or fence, in a house wall, etc.)
  • How high is the swarm?  Are ladders or other equipment needed?
  • Size of the swarm (softball, melon, basketball, etc.)
  • Time- How long as the swarm been there?
  • Contact Information- A PCBA beekeeper will contact you directly based on the location of your swarm.  

    If you are in need of a cut out (bees in your wall, etc.), please make arrangements to cut the wall/have a contractor and a beekeeper will make every effort to work with you to remove the bees safely from the space.  Beekeepers are not necessarily the contractors who will cut open and repair your space. 


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