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Utah Beekeepers' Association

As Currently Organized since 1892, but Serving and Representing Utah's Beekeepers Since the Early 1860's

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Do You Have a Bee Swarm in Your Yard?Don't Spray It, Report It!

Melissophobia (or Apiphobia): Fear of bees

Do you have a honey bee swarm in your yard? A beekeeper near you can help you and help the bees.

Simply killing the bees that are in your home or other structure does not eliminate the problem. Along with several pounds of dead and rotting bees remaining in your structure, you will still have considerable wax, honey, and brood in in the structure that will attract mice, ants, foul odor, and physical damage. See this video and this video for a short warning on simply spraying bees that are in your home or other structure.

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To find a beekeeper who will safely remove the swarm -- usually at no charge to you -- go to

Please be prepared to provide the following information to help the beekeeper.

  • What does the swarm look like? (If the nest has a grey "papery" looking appearance, you do not have honey bees but more likely hornets or wasps.)
  • Location of the swarm (physical address).
  • Your name and phone number.
  • What has the swarm landed on?
  • How high up is the swarm?
  • Are there any special concerns in the area (children, water hazards, bees in the house, etc.)?

Honey bee colony in soffit of home in Parowan, Utah, 2015Your beekeeper might also be able to remove an unwanted colony of honey bees that has become established in a hollow tree or in your home or other structure. If he or she needs to open up your structure in any way, they'll need you to sign an agreement that clarifies the work they need to do and any restoration work they will not do. Since removal of honey bees from a structure often requires a lot of time and effort, there may be a charge for this service. Call one of us beekeepers and we'll let you know how or if we can help.

Many people mistake honey bees with other similar insects such as wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. We can only help you with honey bees. If you aren't sure which insect you have check the image below or this more detailed explanation. If you still don't know, call. We'll help you identify the insect and what to do about it.

Click here for more info on identification of bees and wasps.

If you are a beekeeper in Utah and would like to be notified of swarms, please register at

Swarm Prevention for Beekeepers

Swarm Prevention Tips for Beekeepers

Overview of Swarm Prevention for beekeepers