Do not be afraid of honey bee swarms!

Swarms are a natural and common occurrence.  While you should always respect wild creatures by keeping your distance and remaining calm, you are typically not in danger as long as you do not disturb/harrass them. Honey bees are our friends; they are our partners in agriculture and the environment.  

When bees are in Swarm mode, they have one goal...Find a Home.  

They are not interested in stinging anyone.  

There is no need to panic. If left alone, they will find a home and move on. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Honey bees

are the official

State Insect of Georgia 

and they are

protected by law.

PLEASE,

Do not call an exterminator, 

call a beekeeper.

Reputable exterminators will not kill honey bees but others may.

Have you seen a swarm?

 

The pictures on this page are of swarms in the Metro Atlanta area that our members have photographed. We also caught them.  If you see a swarm of honey bees and want someone to come and remove them please text or call us at 404-369-3809.  We have people throughout the area that are willing to come get swarms.  

Here are some things to consider in advance:

 

[1] Don't panic.

[2] Don't panic.

[3] Are these honey bees?  For more pics of honey bees versus other bees, wasps and hornets, visit this useful site with great pictures and descriptions.

[4] Please give us 10 -15 minutes to respond before calling someone else. This is a second job for most of us. If the bees move on, it means they've found a home.

 

[5] We will undoubtedly have some questions for you regarding the swarm. To the best of your knowledge, try to describe:

  • What is the approximate size of the swarm (use familiar terms such as softball, volleyball, basketball)? 

  • How long has the swarm been at this location?

 

  • How high off the ground is the swarm?

 

  • What is the exact address of the property where the swarm is located?

 

  • Is this public or private property?  If private, please give the contact information of the owner, if possible.

 

  • Have the bees been disturbed (sprayed with anything, or otherwise harassed) by anyone?

 

 

Our club members Rescue Swarms throughout the Metro Atlanta Region including

 

Butts County

Clayton County and surrounding area

Henry County and nearby area

Cobb/Douglas/Paulding Counties

Multi-county, Metro-Atl area

South Fulton County

Spaulding/Paulding/Henry/Fayette/Clayton Counties

Thank you for visiting the Tara Beekeepers Association website.  Please direct any questions or comments to tarabeekeepers@gmail.com

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