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
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: WillowBlossomFarms@hotmail.com
John Bronson (West Kalamazoo, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties. Phone: 269-375-9447
Rick Howrigon (Plainwell, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in the Plainwell – Otsego area. Phone: 269-650-1196 Email: email@example.com
Zachery Heth: (Southwest, MI) Willing to perform honey bee swarm removal in Van Buren, Allegan and Berrien Counties. Willing to do cutouts if working with a licensed and insured building contractor. Located in the southwestern corner of Van Buren County hugging Lake Michigan. Phone: 269-876-6655
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
Darryl Hosford (Barrien Springs, MI) Swarm removal in Barrien Springs and surrounding towns. Cell Phone: 269-208-2085; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Hubbard (Schoolcraft, MI) Free outdoor honey bee swarm removal in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties. Cell Phone: 269-910-0962 Email: email@example.com
Don Johnson: (Battle Creek, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Calhoun County. Cell Phone: 269-601-0143; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 269-720-7799 Home: 269-383-8411
Jeremy Marr of Tanglewood Hollow (Kalamazoo, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Kalamazoo County. Cell Phone: 269-340-0233; Home Phone: 269-978-0899
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@example.com
Sheldon Schwitek (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Smith Free honey bee swarm removal in Eaton and Calhoun Counties. Phone: 517-706-9422; Email: beekrazy@Yahoo.com
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@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
Greg Willis (Vicksburg, MI) Free honey bee swarm removal in Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and surrounding areas. Removal of colonies from structures and trees for a fee. Phone: 269 760 9979; Email: Willis.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.