Honeybee Swarm Removal

 

Click the above image to enlarge and identify.  Confirm the insects are truly honeybees before contacting one of the beekeepers below.

A honeybee swarm will often congregate in a tree, looking somewhat like the above image.

When you call, please have the following information available:

  • Where are they? – e.g. Up in a tree (how high), in a bush, on a fence, in the eaves of a house?
  • How many are there? How big is the cluster? Common descriptions are “size of a basketball, volleyball, trash can”, etc.
  • How long have they been there?
  • Are there still lots of bees flying around in the air?
  • Are they honeybees? (verify using the graphic, above) Many calls are actually for paper wasps or yellow jackets.
  • Is it in a public place or private (your) property?

SWARM REMOVAL - Removing a swarm of bees from a tree or the outside of a building is relatively simple, although a beekeeper working on even a simple extraction will sometimes need to make multiple visits to the property to ensure that all bees have been captured.

CUTOUTS - If bees have taken up residence inside a wall or roof, the extraction procedure becomes much more complex and involves cutting into the wall to remove bees and comb. This kind of swarm removal usually involves a fee, provided you can even find someone willing to do it. 

  • Dave Zimmerman 616-262-6975 (cell) is a licensed Michigan residential contractor specializing in remodelling for 23 years. Also a beekeeper, he can attend to hive cut-out removals and repairs in Allegan, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.
  • Christopher Conflitti  616-450-7174, also a licensed builder and beekeeper can attend to hive cut-out removals and repairs in Ionia, Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties.

Holland Area Beekeepers Association Swarm List

This list is organized alphabetically by the name of the county served.

ALLEGAN COUNTY      
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Amber Snyder   616-748-2998  
  Ben Boucher Fennville/Holland (517)795-3025 cell  
  Brian Waterway Northern Allegan 616-403-9542 616-399-7698
  Chuck Bauer Northern Allegan 616-802-2760 (call or text)  
  Dan Kievit Allegan West of 30th street 616-283-5007  
  David Zimmerman   616-262-6975 (cell)  
  Don Lam Greater Holland Area 616-335-2707 616-886-1116
  Ed Curths Northern Allegan 616-588-5384  
  Harold Driscoll   616-335-3885  
  Harv De Ridder  Northern Allegan 616-399-2131 616-970-1846
  Heather Boerema   616-307-2843  
  Jill Woods   269-492-4895  
  Jim Zoerner Northern Allegan 616-399-6165 616-796-4132
  Ken Hoekstra Northern Allegan 269-793-4611 269-217-6401
  Rachel Ridley   269-206-2135  
  Rick Arnold   616 460 9338  
  Tim Marr    (616)772-0088 (616)836-9640
  Travis Meier   248-895-8771  
  Zeb Driscoll   616-886-0545  
  Zachary Heth   269-338-4716  
         
BERRIEN COUNTY      
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Ashley Pozivilko & Kim Pozivilko   269-429-7301  
  Zachary Heth   269-338-4716  
         
CLINTON COUNTY      
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Wilbur Sewell   989-737-6763  
GRATIOT COUNTY      
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Wilbur Sewell   989-737-6763  
IONIA COUNTY      
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Christopher Conflitti   616-450-7174  
  David Dawdy   Belding, Greenville, Ionia 616-550-8566  
KENT COUNTY
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Amanda and Iain Novak   (616)881-3776   (616)990-0385
  Al Palmer   616-984-6245 616-302-2675
  Amber Snyder   616-748-2998  
  Anne Marie Fauvel   616-566-2576  
  Chris Walkup (northern Kent) 616-284-1678  
  Christopher Conflitti   616-450-7174  
  Chuck Bauer   617-802-2760 (call or text)  
  Cindy Bush   616-581-0349 616-654-8477.
  Daniel Powell NNW Kent County 616 887 2059 616 438 1544
  David Taylor   616-299-0708  
  David Zimmerman   616-262-6975 (cell)  
  Heather Boerema   616-307-2843  
  Katie Powers Northwest Kent County 616-745-7672  
  Ken Hoekstra southern Kent 269-793-4611 269-217-6401
  Michelle Felker Rockford 616-863-6674 616-813-0900
  Rick Arnold   617 460 9338  
  Ted Nelson   231-937-6883 616-799-2855
MONTCALM COUNTY
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Al Palmer   616-984-6245 616-302-2675
  Christopher Conflitti   616-450-7174  
  Ted Nelson   231-937-6883 616-799-2855
  Wilbur Sewell East Montcalm 989-737-6763  
MUSKEGON COUNTY
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Clarence Rudat   231-740-5615 231-777-0576
  Dale Spinner Southern Muskegon 616-510-5628  
  David Zimmerman   616-262-6975 (cell)  
  Erin and Phil Von Tom South Muskegon county 616-460-3553 (Erin) 312-446-2544 (Phil)
  Gary Manning   231-733-7343  
  Katie Powers East Muskegon County 616-745-7672  
  Steven Gullen    (231) 412-2707  
  Tonya M. Christiansen Within an hour of Grand Haven 616-638-3286    
NEWAYGO COUNTY
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Al Palmer   616-984-6245 616-302-2675
  Christopher Conflitti   616-450-7174  
  Ted Nelson   231-937-6883 616-799-2855
OCEANA COUNTY
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Clarence Rudat   231-740-5615 231-777-0576
  Rebecca Heggarty   630-487-0276  
OTTAWA COUNTY
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Amanda and Iain Novak   (616)881-3776   (616)990-0385
  Amber Snyder Zeeland 616-748-2998  
  Anne Marie Fauvel Grand Haven/Spring Lake 616-566-2576  
  Anthony Thompson West Olive/Port Sheldon 616-283-3143  
  Brian Waterway Holland area to Grand Haven 616-403-9542 616-399-7697
  Cindy Bush   616-581-0349 616-654-8477.
  Dale Spinner Central and northern Ottawa    
  Dan Kievit Ottawa South of M45 and West of 96th street 616-283-5006  
  Daniel Powell NNE Ottawa County 616 887 2059 616 438 1544
  David Zimmerman   616-262-6975 (cell)  
  Don Lam Greater Holland Area 616-335-2707 616-886-1116
  Erin and Phil Von Tom North Ottawa county 616-460-3553 (Erin) 312-446-2544 (Phil)
  Gary Manning Spring Lake 231-733-7343  
  Harold Driscoll southern Ottawa 616-335-3885  
  Harv De Ridder    616-399-2131 616-970-1846
  Jeff and Jamie Coop-Klamer Georgetown Twp./Hudsonville/South of Allendale 989-370-6780 989-370-5780
  Jill Woods   269-492-4895  
  Jim Zoerner   616-399-6166 617-796-4132
  Katie Powers Northeast Ottawa County 616-745-7672  
  Linda Bradley   616-847-1926  
  Mary Price North Holland, Borculo and West Olive 616-681-3556 937-427-3727 
  Matthew Taylor Zeeland/Holland 616 748-0396  
  Phil Jasperse   616-262-7178  
  Rick Arnold   618 460 9338  
  Steve Craig Coopersville/Allendale 616-389-4411  
  Tim Marr    (616)772-0088 (616)836-9640
  Tonya M. Christiansen Will travel within an hour of Grand Haven. 616-638-3286    
  Travis Meier Zeeland/Holland 616 748-0396  
  Zeb Driscoll southern Ottawa 616-886-0545  
VAN BUREN COUNTY
  NAME LIMITED TO: PHONE 1 PHONE 2
  Chuck Kahler   269-906-5329  
  Travis Meier   248-895-8771  
  Zachary Heth   269-338-4716  

 

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