Swarm List (Help – I’ve got Bees!)

People often call the WCBA when a swarm of honeybees enters their lives.  We have many members who are willing and able to remove swarms.

How you can help:
When bees swarm, time is of the essence.   A swarm in the open is relatively easy to catch, but will only stay in the open several hours before finding a refuge.  Once they find a defensible nesting site – inside a tree, wall or attic – capture is much more difficult. Have answers to the following questions when you call:

  • WHO:  Please provide your name, address and telephone number!
  • WHAT:  Are you sure they’re honeybees?  Take a photo of the swarm with your cell phone and send it to the person you call!
  • WHEN:  How long have the bees been in their present location?
  • WHERE:  What is the address where they are located? Are they on your property?  If not, whose property are they on?  If we can’t find you, we can’t collect the swarm!
  • HOW MANY:  What size is the swarm ball – like a softball? basketball? beachball?
  • HOW HIGH: How high off the ground are they?  Are they in a tree or bush?  Can the tree or shrub limb be cut if necessary?

The WCBA has divided the county into five response zones,   shown on this 2017 map,each with its own coordinator.  Please contact the appropriate coordinator for your area, listed below:

Zone Zone Captain Phone 1  Phone 2
Zone 1 – northern Wake Joe Reynolds or Sean Conlon (919) 771-4894 or (919) 749-1557
Zone 2 – western Wake Tom Krupa (919) 600-9636
Zone 3 – southern Wake Justin Wahrenburg (919) 618-4586
Zone 4 – eastern Wake Uli Gratzl (919) 412-1914
Zone 5 – Raleigh, inside the beltline Al Pleasants or Joe Dorman (919) 210-3755 or (919) 673-1690

A map with the zones and captain contacts is available here:   2017 swarm zone map

Bees in structures, all zones:

Mike Childers (919) 368-5865
Larry Hall (919) 612-4499

Please note that if a swarm of bees has taken up residence inside an attic or wall, there may be significant costs involved in repairing damage from removal & cleanup.  If the swarm is inside a structure, call one of the contacts who specialize in swarm removal from buildings.

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