Maine State Beekeepers Association

MSBA can help you if you have honey bees that have swarmed. Swarming is a part of their natural reproductive cycle, in which the queen and a good portion of the worker population leave the hive to find a new home. Swarms are relatively harmless, but can be an alarming sight.

Swarms should not be sprayed with water or disturbed in any other way. It is best to clear the area until a beekeeper arrives to do the removal. Please be sure to identify your insects before calling or filling out this form. If you are not sure, take a picture and email it to: Once you are sure, you can fill in the form below and someone from the team will get back to you.

Our beekeepers can offer guidance or refer you to someone who can extract honey bees from homes, buildings, and other structures. This is generally a service where a homeowner will need to hire a professional with carpentry skills. Beekeepers are not exterminators and do not remove hornet nests, bumble bees, wasps or other stinging insects.

Please note that exterminators will not kill honey bees and usually refer homeowners to a local beekeeper. Our beekeepers may be contacted in regards to removing honey bee swarms. These members beekeepers are all acting privately, as a service to the public, and are not endorsed by the MSBA.

Filling in the form below is the best way to get a prompt response.

Your other option is to call: 207-619-4233

Clearly and slowly answer the same questions that you see above on this webpage. Please do not call this number for anything except a swarm of honey bees. Please do not call this number if you have already called somebody else about the swarm.

The State of Maine also maintains a list of individual who are willing to capture swarms. It can be found on the Maine State Apiary Program website.