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Swarms + Bee Removal

A strong, healthy bee colony reproduces itself in the springtime by swarming.



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Swarm List Registration

Click the link below to add your name to the EMBA's honeybee swarm & cutout list. You need to sign up each year.

Call 314-451-BEEK if you have questions.

I need help!

Whether you need a swarm removed or have a cut-out situation, we have resources to help! Be prepared to provide detailed information about the swarm or hive on your property. The collector will need to know where the bees are located, how high off the ground and photos are a huge help to understand the situation. We only collect honey bees, no wasps or yellow jackets, please!

I need a swarm captured


2024 list updated weekly

I need bees removed

Click above for a list of EMBA members who remove bees from buildings + structures.

New Beekeepers

Caught your first swarm + have questions? Contact us for help by sending a detailed email.


What is a swarm?

A swarm is a unit of bees containing one queen and about 10,000 worker bees. After the swarm leaves the home colony, it flies to a nearby tree, bush, fencepost, streetlight, etc, and clusters in a ball, hanging from their resting place. The cluster is homeless; its’ main challenge is to find a new place to live, like a tree cavity, or a hole in another structure. While clustered, the bees engage in a fascinating, democratic decision-making process to choose from one of the many potential home sites that the scout bees have located from miles around. 

Learn more about Swarms

NPR did a great short segment on this process, which you can listen to here. Honey bees in a swarm are gentle. If left undisturbed, a swarm will locate to new quarters within a period as short as a few hours or as long as a few days. When they find a new home, they’ll disappear from your property as quickly as they appeared.



Responding to a Swarm

If you see a swarm, please contact a Beekeeper to remove the swarm without harming the bees, and relocate them to a better location where they won’t be in conflict with humans. You will also need a Beekeeper to remove unwanted bees from a building or structure.

Swarm Behavior

For more information about honey bee swarms and honey bee behavior, see Dr. Tom Seeley’s enthralling videos, produced for NPR’s Science Friday by Carl Flatow.


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