2020 SWARM LIST
The listed beekeepers are members of the West Sound Beekeepers Association and are willing to collect swarms of honeybees free of charge if the location is a reasonable distance from the beekeeper, if the swarm is reachable, and if the bees are not too embedded in a structure such as a wall or chimney. Time is of the essence! All swarms should be picked up as soon as possible so they do not move into undesirable places. Special notes: 1- Will remove hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, and bumble bees (there may be a fee). 2- Will remove above from structures and possibly repair structure (there may be a fee.) Removal is usually without toxic chemicals. For these additional services there is usually a negotiated reasonable fee.
Dana Schack - 360-779-6288 (North Kitsap, Poulsbo)
Charles Schafer -- 206-679-4300 -- (Bainbridge Island)
Jerry Taylor -- 360-550-6952 -- (Seabeck, Poulsbo, Kingston, Hansville)
Roy Barton -- 360-613-0175 -- (Bremerton and Silverdale)
Bob Finley -- 360-620-2329 -- (Bremerton, Seabeck, Silverdale, and Poulsbo)
Jeff Hall -- 360-689-5255 -- (Silverdale, Poulsbo, Port Gamble, and Bremerton)
Kirstin Johnston -- (Home) 360-782-2405, (Cell) 360-440-0376 -- (Bremerton and Silverdale) Notes: 1
Jeffrey Rupert -- 360-689-1020 -- (Bremerton, Siverdale, and Poulsbo)
George Purkett -- 360-895-9116 -- (Port Orchard, Bremerton, Belfair, Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula)
Jason Sanko -- 360-731-5168 -- (Port Orchard/South Kitsap)
To request changes to this list, please contact WSBAVolunteerCoordinator@gmail.com.
Here is a picture of a swarm that has landed in a tree. When the bees are in the air, they look like a small dark cloud with a large hum. When landing in a tree, they may settle on several branches and there will be quite a few flying around in circles for a while. As the swarm settles it will form a clump like in the picture, or it may take on the shape of the object they are covering such as a mailbox or a post. Relax, call a beekeeper, and watch the entertainment as they are gently coaxed into a container.