Swarms

Found a Swarm?

Swarming is a honeybee colony’s natural way of reproducing.  Although you want to keep a respectable distance from it, a swarm is not dangerous or aggressive.  The colony is just hanging out while scout bees search for a new home.  They will eventually move along when better real estate has been found.  Many beekeepers are happy to offer swarms a good home.  If you have found a swarm, please contact one of the beekeepers below using their contact information.  When selecting the party to call please randomly select a volunteer as we wish to have all volunteers have the opportunity to assist. Please keep in mind that not all bees are honeybees.  Before contacting a beekeeper, please look carefully at the pictures below to make sure your visitors are honeybees.  Thank you for helping to save these important pollinators and honey makers!

Persons on the swarm-collector list  agree to voluntarily respond to the request at no charge to the requestor. The RBA Board recommends that the responder act quickly and thoroughly investigate the situation prior to committing to come to the swarm location . If the responder decides the s/he cannot handle the request please ask the requestor to call someone else on the list who may be helpful.

All parties who wish to place their name on this list hereby agree to assume all liabilities related to their response and actions taken . RBA does not assume any liability associated with the assistance provided. 

Honeybee

If you have found honeybees in walls of a building you will need an expert.
Please call Paul Davis with Bee Bat and Bird Man   – 804-288-2220 or  John Adams  Bee Busters – 804-285-2337.  There will be a charge for their specialized service.

Swarm Savers

Charles City

Tina Abate 804-932-9443

Chesterfield

Richard Bridgforth 804-301-3027

Hugh Hemsley  804-310-0972

Jesse Jay  804-380-2678

Kristi Orcutt 804-822-0400

Justin Smith 407-852-8528

David Stover:  Chester  804-347-1958

Keith Tignor 804-221-0979

Art Thurston  (Colonial Heights) 804-748-3385

Larry Yancey 804-399-3394

Cumberland

Amber Neidig   865-335-0105

Goochland

Doug Anderson 804-501-8266

Mark Donovan  804-339-7820

Peter Donovan 804-239-7015

Rene Dosh 804-432-1331

Nancy Essid 804-929-1627

Ed Gutshall 804-457-9144

Bob Stapleton 804-672-8408

Keith Tignor 804-221-0979

Hanover

Mark Donovan  804-339-7820

Peter Donovan 804-239-7015

Rene Dosh 804-432-1331

Bruce Hamon 857-636-0500

Jesse Jay  804-380-2678

Derek Lariner  276-759-3731

Bob Stapleton 804-672-8408

David Stover: 804-347-1958

Oleg Yermolayev  804-755-1637

Julie Waser  571- 235-5836 (Mechanicsville)

Henrico

Jack Baxter 804-788-1220 (Western)

Richard Bridgforth 804-301-3027

Richard Diggs 804-852-4491

Mark Donovan  804-339-7820

Peter Donovan 804-239-7015

Rene Dosh 804-432-1331

Nancy Essid 804-929-1627

Bruce Hamon 857-636-0500

Jesse Jay  804-380-2678

Derek Lariner  276-759-3731

Betsy Lyon (Tuckahoe area) 804-833-8945

Ed Mekalian (Glen Allen/Short Pump) 804-301-1522

Kristi Orcutt 804-822-0400

Bob Stapleton 804-672-8408

Andrew Stiles 804-389-0812 (far West End)

David Stover: 804-347-1958

Wayne Surles 804.747.4830

Keith Tignor 804-221-0979

Larry Yancey 804-399-3394

Oleg Yermolayev  804-755-1637

Hopewell

Justin Smith 407-852-8528

David Stover: 804-347-1958

Louisa

Mark Donovan  804-339-7820

Peter Donovan 804-239-7015

Rene Dosh 804-432-1331

Amanda Welch 540-270-5229

Midlothian

Rene Dosh 804-432-1331

Galen Rice  804-833-1006

New Kent

Tina Abate 804-932-9443

Dale Dahlstrom 804-356-5013 (also Lenexa, West Point and East Richmond)

Petersburg

Jesse Jay  804-380-2678

Justin Smith 407-852-8528

Powhatan

Mark Donovan  804-339-7820

Peter Donovan 804-239-7015

Jesse Jay  804-380-2678

Kristi Orcutt 804-822-0400

Richmond Area

Richard Bridgforth 804-301-3027

Mauro Correa 804-288-0261

Rocky DeMascio: 804-971-1185

Richard Diggs 804-852-4491

Mark Donovan  804-339-7820

Peter Donovan 804-239-7015

Rene Dosh 804-432-1331

Bruce Hamon 857-636-0500

Jesse Jay  804-380-2678

Derek Lariner  276-759-3731

Michelle McKinney  757-289-8340

George Maughan  804-347-9113

Kristi Orcutt 804-822-0400

Marshall Orr  804-282-1803

David Stover: 804-347-1958

Wayne Surles 804.747.4830 (northern)

Keith Tignor 804-221-0979

Larry Yancey 804-399-3394

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