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How to Report a Bee Swarm in Albuquerque

Last updated: March 2014

The following people collect honey bee swarms in the Albuquerque area or know how to quickly find a nearby beekeeper. A phone call is the best way to get the beekeeper there quickly before the swarm departs. Keep in mind that most beekeepers on this list will travel further than the areas they are listed in, so if you don't get a response from beekeepers in one area of town, keep on calling down the list. Please call ASAP.


North Valley/Los Ranchos

Harold Gonzales

(505) 883-0812

Carolyn Hammack

(505) 280-9802

Paul Kline

(505) 507-1948

Larrea Lavoiscia

Kelly McMahan

Ben Noyce

(505) 977-3046

(505) 890-1376

(505) 301-7749

Davis Porterfield

(505) 401-4389

Carolyn Stevens

Jordan Stone

(505)-792-8417 or (505)-363-5231

(828) 606-2597

Tomas Urrea

(505) 400-8497

Matt Vaive

(505) 975-2926

Downtown/Old Town

Jessie Brown

(505) 710-3277

Sam Lopez

(505) 220-6985

NE Heights/Uptown

Steve Burton

(505) 750-7733

TJ Carr, note  will go anywhere E of the Rio Grande

Andy Duran         

(505) 263-3025

(505) 255-9700

Mike Fickling

Mike Griffin

Seah Johnson & Josh Phillips

Mike Kruchoski

John Lebsack

Thomas Lyons

Tim McCarthy

Dennis A. Muirhead

Brett Rimer

Richard Scotten

Richard Stevens

Gene Stillman

Diana Tanner

Joran Viers


Gerry Williams

(505) 228-7869

(505) 464-3812

(505) 750-7324, (505) 750-7232

(505) 480-5000

(505) 275-2558

(505) 256-7669

(505) 550-2469

(505) 293-5122

(505) 450-5204


(505) 503-3746

(505) 980---57

(505) 270-0381

(505) 220-0903

(505) 515-7973

(505) 263-7227

UNM Area/ Nob Hill

Mary Broemel

Mariel Campbell

(505) 307-0569

(505) 269-1853

Buckner Creel

Will Emmer

(505 977-8864


Patrik Schumann

(505) 255-1933

Lauri Sedalnick


(505) 304-0063

(505) 480-2469

Southeast/ Fairgrounds/ Kirtland AFB

Dave Ellis

Darren Jewell

Carl Smith

Zig (John Ziegler)

(505) 266-8564

(505) 235-2944

(505) 844-3656

(505) 553-9445

South Valley/ Barelas

Loralyn Conover


(505) 265-0162

Jens Deichmann

Mark LeClair

Lara Lovell

Susan Reed

(505) 681-2536


(505) 604-5088

(505) 877-2877

Claude Stephenson

Katie Viers

(505) 873-3096

(505) 550-6959

West Side

Prem Gabaldon

Tom Nims

Leonard Rodriguez

Glenna & Phil Rule

Tyler Schutte

(505) 514-2638

(505) 980-7833

(505) 252-3490



Ted Wilcox

(505) 500-4833

Greater Albuquerque Area

Eric Erickson

(505) 688-0975

Randy Swartz

(505) 250-6678

Joe Wesbrook

(505) 515-7973

Ben Noyce

(505) 301-7749

Rio Rancho/ Corrales

Ken Duckert

(505) 369-1012

Tom LeMaster

(505) 688-6669

Tom Nims

(505) 980-7833

Randy Swartz

David Williams

(505) 250-6678

(505) 450-8286


Judy Allen

Howard Passell

(505) 867-5305

(505) 550 5752

Los Lunas/ Belen/Bosque Farms

Reynold Conger

(505) 861-1052

Raymond Espinoza

(505) 861-1693

Richard Whiteside

Zachary Zwicke

(505) 720-1450

(505) 869-2798

East Mountains/ Cedar Crest/ Tijeras


Susan Clair

Don Harvey

(505) 321-8649

(505) 507-2307

Santa Fe

John Gagne

Michael Taylor

(505) 424-7025

(505) 570-0288

Los Alamos

Bob Darlington


Dan Williams

(505) 695-9342

(505) 350-9450

New Mexico

Ron Brooks

(505) 804-6794

Please ask the beekeeper whether there is a charge for their time, fuel, or assistance.

Question: Is the swarm dangerous?

No. Honey bees in a swarm are unlikely to be aggressive and sting anyone unless you attack the bees. At this stage they do not have a home to defend and they have filled up with honey in preparation for the flight to their permanent home. If the honey bees stay and construct a wax nest they will become aggressive if you disturb them.

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Question: Where did the honey bees in my yard come from? Why are they swarming?

There is a good possibility that a permanent nest (feral hive) of bees is located close to the swarm that has just landed. This could be in a cavity in a tree, a building, abandoned barrel, etc. This nest (colony) had a large population of honey bees and has run out of room to store honey, pollen and raise new bees. When this occurs the bees will begin to raise new queens and shortly before the new queens hatch the old queen will leave the hive with about one-half of the bees. The queen and bees will usually fly only a short distance, the queen will land on some object and the bees will cluster around her forming the swarm. If the first swarm does not reduce the crowding enough a second swarm may emerge.

Question: What will the swarm of honey bees do next if I don't do anything?

Scout bees from the swarm will fly out to try to find a permanent home. If they find a suitable cavity they return to the swarm and perform a dance within the cluster communicating the location, size and other information about the possible new home. Bees receiving this information will fly to this location to investigate. When a sizable number of bees do the dance for a given location the entire swarm will leave and fly to the new nest site.

Question: How long does it take bees to find a new home?

It could take just a few hours, several days or it may not occur at all. If the scout bees do not find a suitable site they may begin building an exposed nest at the swarm location (in a tree, on the side of your house, etc.) This nest may become a problem to you. If you want a beekeeper to capture the swarm it is important to contact him or her as soon as possible. It is best to telephone the beekeeper.

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