Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Honeybees swarms
A swarm of honeybees is distinctive. The swarm in flight can be described as a cloud of bees flying excitedly. The swarm then gathers into a brown mass of thousands of bees clustered tightly together. Every effort should be made to preserve honeybees as they are under threat.
Getting help
If you have a swarm of honeybees in the Romsey and District area, please call:
The Romsey Swarm Line on 07508 716044
We cover the area from Broughton round to Stockbridge, down to Braishfield, through Eastleigh and west to Cadnam and Landford, up to West Tytherley and Lockerley, and occasionally slightly beyond.
You will be asked about the position, size and behaviour of the swarm.
Many calls turn out to be busy bumble bees or solitary bees; they nest for one season and will be gone by autumn. We do not remove them but can offer advice.
A swarm officer can arrange for safe removal of honeybees. If you would like a swam officer to visit, please be aware that there is normally a charge to cover expenses. You will need to provide good directions.
Alternatively please click here to go to the excellent British Beekeepers Association website where you will see images to help you identify whether the insects you see are honeybees or something else. At the foot of that web page there is a button to allow you to enter your postcode to find your nearest honeybee swarm collector.
Pest control
Colonies of honeybees can sometimes be inaccessible for a beekeeper due to height or because it is within the structure of a building.
Steve Smith is an active member of the R&DBKA. He runs Cedar Pest, a professional pest control company with a bee-friendly approach. Where possible, saving the honeybee is a priority and he looks for ways to relocate unwanted honeybees and sometimes even bumble bees when their choice of home is unsuitable. Honeybees can unfortunately swarm and build feral colonies in awkward, unwanted places. All measures are taken to save bees, every situation is different and a survey is often essential before a solution can be put in place.
Please do call to have an initial discussion about your situation. As a last resort the insects can be destroyed.

Steve is happy to assist with the identification of nuisance insects. He is fully insured and can deal with all pest species including wasps, hornets, flies etc. at competitive prices.

Email Steve or call him on 02380 739071 or 07976 425453.
Click the pictures -
SWARMS and PEST CONTOL - What to do?
HONEYBEES - A honeybee swarm is distinctive
BUMBLE BEES - nesting in nooks and crannies
WASPS - large papery nests
HORNETS - like wasps but much larger
SOLITARY BEES - the lone bees that pollinate