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 2018 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 orJustin Wahrenburg (919) 600-9636  or(919) 618-4586
Zone 3 – southern Wake Justin Wahrenburg or Chris Hagwood (919) 618-4586 or (919) 369-0892
Zone 4 – eastern Wake Uli Gratzl orRicky Barbour (919) 412-1914 or(919) 369-4975
Zone 5 – Raleigh, inside the beltline Al Pleasants orJoe 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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