Bees usually swarm to a tree branch, but may also be found on fences or houses. (Honeybees are sometimes confused with wasps, which build paper nests that are highly visible in trees or on buildings, but do not swarm.)
If you know of a honeybee swarm, either on your property or elsewhere, please contact members of the Willapa River Beekeeping Club (WRBC) – they will come out and remove the swarm at no cost. Honeybees are the primary pollinators of our flowers, fruit trees, garden vegetables, farm crops, nuts and berries, and so much more. Healthy hives benefit us all, so please don’t spray and kill them.
If you see a swarm you can contact Paul Young (942-5515 or 360-580-6261) or Denise Garoutte-Bell (942-6034). If the swarm is on someone else’s property they will need the permission of the property owner before capturing it.
If you are interested in bees, you can find the WRBC on Facebook at:
They welcome anyone interested in bees at their meetings, which are on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The location varies, but will always be posted in advance on their Facebook page.