Bees swarm in the spring.  In Colorado, bees swarm from April 15th until the end of the summer with May and June being the busiest months.  A swarm occurs when a hive, wild or managed, becomes overcrowded and the old queen and approximately half of the original hive leaves to find a new home.  Swarms are generally quite docile but they can be disconcerting due to the sheer numbers of bees within the swarm.  It is still a good idea to keep your distance so as to not make the bees feel threatened.

Swarms will eventually leave on their own, once the scout bees have returned to inform the group that they have found a suitable new home. Where it may have taken an hour or more for the swarm to collect, they can be gone in less than a minute once they get word it is time to go.  However, beekeepers prefer to catch the bees as a swarm in case their new home–is yours!

If you are lucky enough to witness one of nature’s most fascinating migrations, a swarm, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO KILL THEM!  Do not spray them with insecticide or water!  These bees are “survivor bees” and are crucial to our environmental health.  Call the NEW toll-free bee swarm hotline. We have beekeepers throughout the state ready to be dispatched to collect the bees and transfer them to a new home.  For FREE!  And, generally, within an hour or two.

Call the NEW toll-free SWARM AND STRUCTURAL REMOVAL HOTLINE

1-844-779-2337

(1-844-SPY-BEES)

 

Here’s the message you will hear and the instructions!

You have reached Colorado’s statewide swarm hotline. Please select the ONE area that is closest to where your swarm is located. Leave your name and phone number, including area code, AFTER the beep. Music will play for about 30 seconds while your call is being forwarded to an area dispatcher. WAIT for the beep. A pencil and paper may be helpful.

  • For swarms WITHIN Denver’s city limits – Press 1
  • For Denver Metro SOUTH of I-70 – Press 2
  • For Denver Metro NORTH of I-70 and Boulder County – Press 3
  • For Northern Colorado [Larimer & Weld Counties] – CALL 970-685-3937
  • For Brighton, Commerce City and areas North of DIA – Press 4
  • For Colorado Springs / Pueblo – Press 5
  • For Four Corners / Durango – Press 6 AND
  • For Steamboat / Rout County – Press 700
  • For ALL OTHER AREAS – Press 0

A dispatcher will call you ASAP
IF you do not make a selection this message WILL REPLAY


Bee Identification:

“Honey Bee” = FUZZY

Honey Bee

“YellowJacket” or Wasp = SHINY, skinny, not always striped.

Yellow Jacket


A swarm in May – is worth a load of hay.
A swarm in June – is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm in July – isn’t worth a fly


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6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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13
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12:30 pm Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Jul 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 at 12th & G Street at Crest Academy, Salida, Co 81201. See our Facebook group: Central Colorado Beekeepers Association. Ask to join. Thanks and hope[...]
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16
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6:00 pm High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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20
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6:00 pm 4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthl... @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthl... @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December] This is your last minute reminder about the club meeting this Monday evening, May 18th, at the Florida Baptist Church at 6 PM. Our new[...]
Jul
25
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9:00 am Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-... @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-... @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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5
Wed
6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
Aug 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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7:00 pm Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCBA meeting and election scheduled for this Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Niwot Grange. Our organization has been without meaningful leadership since Miles McGaughey stepped down last year. Philip Bradbury and Tim[...]
Aug
8
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9:30 am INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING @ PACE Center
INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING @ PACE Center
Aug 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Ages: 16 and up This is a continuation of Beekeeping 101. Learn tips on how to keep your bees happy, as they are gentle by nature. A variety of topics include brood patterns, pests, fall[...]
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10
Mon
12:30 pm Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Aug 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 at 12th & G Street at Crest Academy, Salida, Co 81201. See our Facebook group: Central Colorado Beekeepers Association. Ask to join. Thanks and hope[...]

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