Complete Colorado Bee Vac

Used by professional swarm catchers and hobbyists alike.


Please note that this product is built to order. As such, shipping of this product may take extra time beyond our normal shipping estimates. Please contact us if you would like a current estimate.

The Colorado Bee Vac is the world’s leading beehive relocation vacuum, trusted by professionals while still simple enough to use by the hobbyist. Chock full of functional design, the vacuum was carefully crafted and tested to effectively capture bees while drastically minimizing any loss.


  • High-quality Eastern White Pine hive body (deep size) catch box
  • Double the capacity of other bee vacuums on the market today. Can easily hold up to 10 pounds of bees!
  • 1.75 hp vacuum with an easily adjustable damper to regulate vacuum suction
  • 10′ “smooth” vacuum hose with 20″ extension tube included. Vacuum is capable of using 20′ or even 30′ hose
  • Two coats of premium exterior paint on the exterior of the catch box
  • #8 mesh screened top for ventilation
  • 120-volt power is required, 10 ft power cord is included.

How are bees released?

To empty, simply set the catch box on top of your prepared hive body and pull the slide bottom. Bees will migrate to the prepared hive body on their own the majority of the time. After the bees have gone down to the hive body, remove the empty catch box, slide in the metal bottom, and you are ready to go. Bees can be released into an 8-frame hive body by using our 8-to-10-Frame Adapter.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the length and diameter of the hose?

The hose is 1-1/2″ in diameter but has an adapter where it attaches to the catch box that is 2-1/4″. The vacuum is shipped with a 10′ hose but is capable of using a 20′ or 30′ hose with no problem.

Do you offer a battery-powered option?

We do not have a battery-powered vacuum option. We have experimented with battery-powered vacuums but they just don’t supply consistent suction over a long enough period of time. We carry a suitcase-size generator in our van for the vacuum and any power tools we might need during a cut-out if power is not available. Some people have a 110 converter mounted in their vehicle that can provide power. We have found a 100′ extension cord to a house outlet that covers 90% of all cutouts or swarms pickups. The most common problem is that the homeowner is not home, the house is locked, and they have no outlets on the outside of the house. That is when we utilize the generator.

Is the vacuum loud?

Yes, the vacuum is as loud as most shop vacuums are. For extended cutouts, we will use the 20′ hose to move the vacuum further away.

I complete large cutouts or multiple swarm removals at once, do you have an extra box so I can remove multiple colonies?

Yes! You can find an additional catch box here.

How much power does it draw?

In our tests, the vacuum can draw up to 6.5 amps (780 watts) while running with unrestricted airflow. In actual use, power use is slightly lower.