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 and should be done by a licensed contractor. We are fortunate to have three beekeepers who are willing to take on cutout projects:

  • Dave Zimmerman 616-262-6975 (cell) Dave 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.

  • David Steenwyk 616-589-4660, is a licensed builder. He can attend to hive cut-out removals and repairs in Ottawa, Allegan and Kent counties.

Holland Area Beekeepers Association Swarm List

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
  Nick Hefferan Allegan county lakshore area 616-928-4475  
  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
  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  
  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   630-487-0275  
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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