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Swarm Catching in Treasure Valley

Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Emmett, Garden City, Kuna, Meridian, Middleton, Nampa, and beyond!

If you see a cluster of bees, I would love to come pick them up! Contrary to what some people say, bee swarms do not need to be captured, rescued, or saved. A bee swarm is a temporary grouping of bees that is in transition between their previous home and a new home (tree, barrel, wall, etc). Most swarms are very docile, they will find their new home and leave within a couple of days.

 

At Grandad Farms, I’m breeding colonies that are free of chemical and organic treatments to foster genetics that are better acclimated to this area and more resilient to pests and diseases. Some swarms come from feral hives that carry these wonderful genetics, and it's wonderful to add swarms from the area to my treatment-free apiary.

 

If you see a swarm, please call or text me at (208) 207-4292. Interested in seeing my apiary? I’d love to show you my funny-looking hives, and maybe we could do a hive inspection together!

 

Thank you for your time!

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I set traps too - one of my swarm traps with a swarm on top.

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Raw honey from our treatment-free apiary, listed here.

FAQ

What is a bee swarm?  A swarm is a temporary cluster of bees that is looking for a permanent home.

When is swarming season? Swarming season is April to September in our area, which peak activity being April to June.

Are swarms dangerous? It is rare for the bees in a swarm cluster to act aggressive. They are focused on finding a new home and are usually filled up with stores from the previous hive.

How long will a swarm stay? A swarm will stay for a few hours, up to a few days. In my experience, they usually leave within 24 hours.

Honeybee Swarm Identification Reference Photos

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Treatment-Free Beekeeping Resources

The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast by Solomon Parker

HorizontalHive.com by Leo Sharashkin

BushFarms.com by Michael Bush

Keeping Bees with a Smile by Fedor Lazutin

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping by Stiglitz and Herboldsheimer

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My favorite hive, the insulated Layens hive. Free plans are available at horizontalhive.com.

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