Swarm Calls “Help, there is a swarm of bees in my backyard!” We LOVE swarms!!! There is no need to panic, Bee Friendly is here to help with swarm collection. Swarms are clusters of bees located out in the open, especially on trees. Swarm removals typically take an hour or less, are most successful late in the day, and can typically be done for free or for a small travel fee to help with gas. (Example of swarm in photo above) If the bees have moved inside a tree trunk or moved into or underneath a home or structure, we would call that a “cut-out” or a REMOVAL and only a few beekeepers will do that. Chuck and I do not do removals or cut-outs, sorry, but we will refer you to someone who can. Keep in mind that there is generally a charge for cut-outs since it requires more than just collecting the bees. ($250+ is commonly charged for cut-outs) Everyone who calls us about a FREE CUT-OUT always has an emergency, is deathly allergic, has an elderly person/very young child in danger or is getting ready to have all the bees poisoned if we don’t come get them right now. We have already heard every story and every excuse as to why we should come get your bees for free. We love bees and we love helping people, but we have day jobs, too and we don’t have time to do cut-outs, I am sorry. Below is a link for all the registered bee removal people in Texas, sorted by county. County List for Bee Removals People who I recommend for bee removals in the Austin area (fees for service) 🙂 Steve Butler: 832-588-7300 (Steve also specializes in removal of honey bees from trees) Les Crowder: 505-514-8601 Michael Lopez: 210-815-2709 (San Antonio and Austin) So you can call me for swarms or call one of the above guys for removals! Thanks!