Bradford Council does not offer a bees’ nest removal service.

Bees are good for the environment.

What is a swarm?

A bee swarm is a large population (around 20,000 worker bees and a queen bee) which has left its original hive (nest) in order to find a new home. Swarms look a ball of bees which often cling to a structure such as a tree branch, parts of buildings or other structures.

Bees swarm from April to July, but the peak is from early May to Mid-June.

Honey bees swarm because they are looking for a site for a new colony.

Wasps and bumblebees don't swarm, so if you see a swarm it will be made up of honey bees.

The British Beekeepers Association website has pictures and information to help you work out if you have a bee swarm.

What to do

Swarms are not dangerous unless disturbed or aggravated (for example if sprayed with water). Left alone, swarms are harmless.

Because they rarely survive in the wild, honey bee swarms need to be captured by trained beekeepers and placed in beehives where they can form a new colony. This should happen as soon as possible because once the swarm takes up residence, for example in a chimney or other inaccessible place, it may be difficult to remove them safely.

Details of your nearest volunteer swarm collector can be found on the British Beekeepers Association website.

Alternatively, contact the Pest Control Service who can also offer advice.

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