Albuquerque Beekeepers

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Report a Swarm

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

Michelle Franklin

Lee Gamelsky

Carolyn Hammack

Christianne Hinks

Kirby House

Stanley Hutchinson

Paul Kline

A. Mace Kochenderfer

Larrea Lavoiscia

Raven Mann

Tomas Urrea

Dennis Valdez

 

505-710-5214

505-362-4113

505-280-9802

505-270-8878

505-401-6059

505-980-7851

505-507-1948

505-897-4900

505-977-3046

505-977-0888

505-400-8497

505-228-1618

Downtown/Old Town

Jessie Brown

Mary Darling

David Fessler

Mega Hirayama

(505) 710-3277

(505) 220-1854

505-261-2381

505-888-6888

Sam Lopez

Laurie Stevenson

(505) 220-6985

 505-610-0171

NE Heights/Uptown

Steve Burton

TJ Carr, note  will go anywhere E of  Rio Grande

(505) 750-7733

(505) 263-3025

Stephen Chavez

 Mike Griffin

Darren Jewell

Seah Johnson

Doug Jones

Mike Kruchoski

DJ Nickles

Rick Rigsby

M'Lis Scott

Chris Specter

Diana

Marc

(505) 315-7499

505-463-3812

505 235 2944

505-750-7324

505-280-1790

505-480-5000

505-672-8387

505-235-6787

505-401-2769

505-857-9884

505-270-0381

505-916-1324

UNM Area/ Nob Hill

Anita Amstutz

Mary Broemel

Marlene Brown

Mariel Campbell

Tom Day

Molly Hopkins

Samuel Kerwin

Lora McKown

Richard Scotten

Lauri Sedalnick

Sean-Paul VonAncken

505-250-7151

505 307-0569

(505) 844-0032

505-269-1853

505-508-8079

505-228-5397

000-000-0000

505265-2743

505-221-4771

505-304-0063

505-850-7602

Southeast/ Fairgrounds/ Kirtland AFB

John Bulten

Lewis Casey

Nathan Cogburn

Annette Colbert

Lisa Roberts

Janet Shagam

Randy Swartz

Gregorio Trevino

Angela Viers

Zane Watts

John "Zig" Ziegler

Andy

505-730-2209

505-331-2022

505-249-8758

505-250-0902

505-331-3237

505 298 2163

505-250-6678

505-417-8442

505-702-9336

505-917-9063

505-553-9445

505-255-9700

South Valley/ Barelas

Carlos Aragon

Joel Deluxe

Daniel Espalin

Ghasem Golgir

Veronica Gurule

Steven Murphy

Susan Reed

Claude Stephenson

Kate Viers

Richard Whiteside

Amzie Yoder

 

505-385-2351

505-877-5667

505 550 6136

505-459-0164

505-620-2640

505-573-0335

(505) 877-2877

505-873-3096

505-550-6959

505.720.1450

505-350-6040

West Side

RB

Prem Gabaldon

Tom Nims

Leonard Rodriguez

Glenna & Phil Rule

505-804-6794

505-514-2536

(505) 980-7833

505-252-3490

505-401-0330

Greater Albuquerque Area

Sarah Ciccotello

Lara Lovell

Carl Smith

Matt Vaive

Amzie Yoder

505-301-2442

505 604-5088

505-363-9281

5059752926

505 350-6040

Rio Rancho/ Corrales

Paul Ammons

Fred Beck

Ken Duckert

Tom LeMaster

Tom Nims

Becky Pierce

Tyler Schutte

Pichi Welsh

Tammy Wenderlich

505-235-9648

(505) 417-2621

(505) 369-1012

505-688-6669

(505) 980-7833

505-898-4668

505-238-9604

505-730-0729

505-217-4593

Placitas/Bernalillo

Judy Allen

(505) 867-5305

Los Lunas/ Belen/Bosque Farms

Jefferson Blaylock

Reynold Conger

Raymond Espinoza

Charissa Hild (South of Belen)

505-859-8482

5058611052

1505-861-1693

5058646660

East Mountains/Edgewood

Christina Allday-Bondy

Don Harvey

Sarah Malone

Charles Rogers

Richard Davies

512-658-2051

505-507-2307

505-306-8771

505 328 7349

505-286-8854

Santa Fe

John Gagne

Josh Phillips

(505) 424-7025

505-750-7232

Four Corners

Greg Ramalho

505.215.1516

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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