Bee Aware

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When bees swarm, think before you act.

“Bees swarm because they’re trying to find a new home, whether it be a house or a tree, so they have a space big enough to increase in numbers,” says James Hinton, a Paris-based beekeeper.

Hinton works to safely remove bees from homes when they swarm, rather than eradicating them. We need bees to help pollinate plants and grow food, so consumers should reach out to a professional instead of using anything that could harm the bees.

Hinton says when removing bees, they hope to catch the swarm in process, which makes it easier to deter them.

Hinton suggests contacting the Tennessee Beekeepers Association for any issues with swarming bees. They can put consumers in contact with local bee clubs and members who offer removing services. Learn more at

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