Swarm Capture

Beekeepers are sometimes called to capture swarms that are cast by feral honey bees or from the hives of domestic beekeepers.  Most beekeepers will remove a honeybee swarm for a small fee or maybe even free if they are nearby.  Usually a beekeeper or bee removal company will use a bee vacuum to capture the bees in a caged container so they can transport to a new hive.  This way is easy and if done with just the right amount of suction, few bees are lost.  Bee swarms can almost always be collected alive and relocated by a competent beekeeper or bee removal company.  Extermination of a bee swarm is rarely necessary and discouraged if bee removal is possible.
A swarm of bees sometimes frightens people, though the bees are usually not aggressive at this stage of their life cycle.  This does not mean that bees from a swarm will not attack if they perceive a threat; however, most bees only attack in response to intrusions against their colony.  Swarm clusters, hanging off of a tree branch, will move on and find a suitable nesting location in a day or two.  Encountering a bee swarm for the first time can be alarming.  Bees tend to swarm near their hives or honeycombs, so if a swarm is visible then a nest is nearby.  Swarms are usually not aggressive unless provoked, so it is important to keep a good distance from the swarm. 


Below is a list of beekeepers that might be able to assist you with your bee removal. This list is provided as a convenience to the public and we are not endorsing their services or work.  You may use this list at your own discretion.

Greater Metro Phoenix Area
Virl Dowdy   (602) 995-8099

Roy Arnold  (623) 326-3125

Jim Novak  (602) 695-0485

Central and East Valley - Scottsdale

Ed & Kay Shepard - Bee Kill (602)276-2592

Jesse Peek (832) 385-2895


Nathan Braasch (920) 203-4508


East Valley, Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Apache Junction & Chandler

Jerry Haws (480)532--9642


Derrick Shields (480) 326-4135


San Tan Valley, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Gilbert and East Mesa

Northwest Phoenix- Glendale, Surprise, Sun City, & Sun City West

JR Baker (602) 432-5890


Southwest Phoenix, Litchfield, Avondale & Goodyear

JR Baker (602) 432-5890


Southeast Phoenix – Mesa & Gilbert

Jerry Haws                                          (480) 532-9642    


Northwest Phoenix – Surprise & Sun City

JR Baker                         (602) 432-5890


Southwest Phoenix  - Litchfield, Avondale & Goodyear

JR Baker                        (602)  432-5890