Swarms of honey bees can look frightening, but honey bees are usually not aggressive at this stage of their life cycle. The swarming bees lack a hive to defend and they are more interested in finding a new nesting location for their queen.
Before calling a beekeeper to collect a swarm or colony from your property, be sure you are dealing with HONEY BEES. Honey Bees and Yellow Jackets are often confused — beekeepers will not retrieve yellow jackets. Use the photos here to help identify if you have honey bees.
Beekeepers are often called to capture swarms. There are various methods to capture a swarm. In the first few hours after a swarm arrives and forms a cluster, it is relatively easy to capture the swarm in a box. Some beekeepers use swarm traps with pheromone lures to attract swarms.
It is best to call a beekeeper as soon as possible since there’s no way to know how long they will remain.
Area Swarm Removal Services
Alamo Honey Farms (Southwest MI) Provides honey bee cutout removals from homes and building structures. We hold a Michigan Builders License and are fully insured for your protection. Phone: 269-998-7690
Bee Snug Honey & Hive– (Kalamazoo, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph Counties. Also honey bee cut-outs and removal of honey bees from buildings for a fee. Cell Phone: 269-330-2305, the best way to reach me! Email: [email protected]
Shannon Bigham (Dimondale, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal Ingham, Eaton, Jackson counties. Also for a fee, removal of established colonies in buildings. Phone: 517-646-0745; Email: [email protected]
Ken Hoekstra at J & K Apiaries (Hopkins, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Kent and Allegan Counties. Cell Phone: 269-217-6401; Home Phone: 269-793-4611
Email: [email protected]
Darryl Hosford (Berrien Springs, MI) Swarm removal in Berrien Springs and surrounding towns. Cell Phone: 269-208-2085; Email: [email protected]
Charlotte Hubbard (Schoolcraft, MI) Free outdoor honey bee swarm removal in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties. Cell: 269-910-0962 Email: [email protected]
Holger Junge (Battle Creek, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Calhoun, Eaton, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Hillsdale, Branch and Barry Counties. Removal of colonies from structures and trees for a fee.
Phone: 269-788-2336; Email: [email protected]
Robert Johnson (Clarksville, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Ionia County. Also honey bee cut-outs and removal of colonies from buildings. Cell Phone: 616-841-1083, the best way to reach me! Email: [email protected]
Wayne Kramer (Richland, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Northern Kalamazoo, Southern Barry and Southern Allegan counties. Sorry – no bees removed from walls of buildings or trunks of trees.
Cell: 269-377-2247; Home: 269-383-8411
Tom Mitchell (Kalamazoo, MI) Honey bees removed from buildings for a fee by a licensed building contractor. Kalamazoo, Allegan, Van Buren, St.Joseph, Barry and Calhoun Counties. Free removal of honey bee swarms outdoors in the Kalamazoo area. Cell Phone: 269-207-2418 Email: [email protected]
Greg Smith Free honey bee swarm removal in Eaton and Calhoun Counties. Phone: 517-706-9422; Email: [email protected]
Jim Smothers (South Haven, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal for Van Buren, Allegan, Berrien, and Ottawa counties Home phone (269) 639-7462; Cell phone (269)767-2916; Email: [email protected]
Jack Tomanica (Nunica, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Muskegon, Ottawa and Kent Counties. Phone: 231-853-6371
Matt & Teresa Tucker Sugar Bear Apiaries (Coopersville, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal and will cut out honey bee colonies from trees and buildings. Will work in Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon counties. Phone: 616-638-0213; Email: [email protected]
Kelly Vander Kley (Matawan, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Mattawan, Paw Paw, Schoolcraft, Vicksburg, Mendon, Kalamazoo, and nearby areas. Cell Phone: 269-720-4341; Email: [email protected]
Greg Willis (Vicksburg, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and surrounding areas. Phone: 269 760 9979; Email: [email protected]
If you don’t find a beekeeper on this list who serves your area, please call your Michigan Beekeepers Association District Representative who will help you locate a local beekeeper. Click the link for a list.