Become a Swarm Chaser

Get your name on the MABA swarm call list

Swarm calls come in at all hours. If you are on the swarm list, you may be called at any time. Being on the swarm list does not guarantee that you will receive a call - swarm seasons can vary greatly. Those on the MABA swarm list must be current members, have the equipment necessary to retrieve a swarm and give us their limitations so we can choose who to call. We will do our best to pre-qualify these calls to assure that it is indeed a retrievable swarm of honeybees, and a not bee removal job. We do our best to give everyone a chance to get a swarm who wants one. Please fill out the form below each Winter even if the information is unchanged from the previous year.

"This swarm was about three feet off the ground in a shrub. After spraying the cluster gently with sugar water, I cut the branch and lowered branch and all into a new hive box with a sealed entrance. Most swarm calls are not this easy."

Tom Rearick, MABA member & Master Beekeeper

A swarm gathered by Tom Rearick
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What equipment is helpful for capturing a swarm?

Understand that the bees will depart once they find a suitable permanent home. You might have a day before they leave their bivouac or minutes. They won't wait for you to pick them up.