If you or someone you know see a swarm, please call as soon as you see it. The bees will not harm you, but do not go near them, or try and spray them. They are looking for a new home and are protecting the queen, who cannot fly very far. Scout bees are out scouting around for a new home to take the queen to.
Call (509) 494-9224 and Terri Towner the swarm coordinator will ask you some questions to determine how best to capture the swarm.
Where do you live, what town, street address, & your phone number?
- How big is the swarm? (as big as a baseball, basketball?)
- Where is it located?
- How high off the ground is it? Will we need a ladder?
- How long has it been there?
- Has anyone used chemicals on the bees?
- Are you sure they are honey bees?
The swarm coordinator will contact a beekeeper in your area. That beekeeper will call and give you an estimated time of arrival.
If the bees move before the beekeeper gets there, let them know where it is now (if possible).
Most likely, this will be a free service.
If beekeepers remove bees from walls, the process is extremely time-consuming, a labor of love and nothing more.
Projects like this may not be free.
You just have to talk to the beekeeper.