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MBA Swarm Removal Map: Policies & Procedures

MBA Swarm Removal Map Policies

  • A swarm removal listing will run for the calendar year.
  • An annual fee will be assessed for a swarm listing.  MBA members are entitled to a discount.
  • Listings will also include an ad on the “Classified Ads” page under the category “Swarm Removal”.
  • Fees will not be prorated.  Any Swarm Removal listing received after November will be included in the following year.
  • At the end of the year, listings must be renewed through the MBA web site.  You should receive a renewal notice as a reminder to renew your listing.
  • Beekeepers who are willing to do cutouts will be identified on the “cut out” map provided the ad is listed using one of the “cut out” payment plans.
  • MBA reserves the right to accept, reject or withdraw any listing.
  • No refunds for paid listings.
  • Rates are posted in “Classified Ads Policies & Rates” and below.
  • These Policies and Procedures may be changed by the MBA at any time.



MBA Member


Swarm Removal Placement



Cut Out Placement




Procedures to Get a Listing on the MBA Swarm Removal Map

Step 1.  There are two categories for a listing on the Swarm Removal page: swarm removal and cut outs.  You can create a list for one or the other, but not both.  If you do cut outs and want to also advertise swarm removal, then you can mention this in the text of your listing.

Step 2.  To sign up for the swarm removal page, you must place a classified ad in one of the “Swarm Removal” categories (Swarm Removal or Cut Outs).  Placing the ad must be done through the MBA web site.  When you place a swarm removal classified ad you will also get a location marker on the map.  To place the ad go to the “Market Place” menu option on the MBA web site and then go to the “Place Ad” page.

Step 3.  Complete the information on the “Place Ad” page.  For the “Ad Category”, you MUST select either the “Swarm Removal” or “Cut Out” sub-category.  Your name, email address and phone number are required entries.  Your city may be helpful to those looking at your ad.  The “Item Price” entry can be left blank.

You have 250 characters to make your pitch.  This is entered in the “ad details” section on the form.  Keep it short; you are more likely to get a response.  You MUST enter your complete address on the FIRST line of the text.  For example… “1234 N Main Street, Lansing, MI 48823”.  This is required in order to locate your marker on the map.  Submissions without an address will be rejected.

There are four “Ad Terms” one of which MUST be used for a swarm removal listing; two are for MBA members and two are for non-MBA members.  Select the term which applies to you.

NOTE:  If you select a term for “MBA member”, then your membership must be current.  Otherwise, your listing will be rejected.  To check your membership status, click here (this list is only updated periodically).  Or you may contact MBA and ask.

If you are required to make a payment, you will be taken to PayPal after you complete the “Place Ad” page and the subsequent “Image” page.  Payments can only be made with a credit or debit card.

Step 4.  After completing your listing, a confirmation email will be sent to you.  If you don’t get this confirmation email, then check your spam folder.  You may want to include emails from the domain “” as an acceptable sender in your email spam filter.

Step 5.  MBA will process your listing.  Please give us up to a week to complete this task.  If you don’t see your listing and marker on the map after that time, please contact MBA.


Note:  Although comments to this post are open, comments must be limited to policies and procedures as published on this post.  All other comments will be disallowed.


9 comments to MBA Swarm Removal Map: Policies & Procedures

  • Wayne Alger

    thank you for helping us bee keepers get our names out there so we can collect swarms and do cut outs to add to our apiaries.

  • Wilbur Sewell

    I haven’t received my renewal notice for the swarm map. Are the notices coming out and do I have to rewrite everything or do you have what I put on the swarm map last year.


  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Wilbur,
    Renewal notices for all of the MBA web site interactive maps (swarm removal, swarm cutouts, and honey locator) should be going out within the week (this is being written on Jan 16, 2014). When renewing, you will need to provide all of the information as you did last year, including any changes in the wording of your notice. Be sure to provide a complete address, as discussed on the instruction sheet for the sign up (look on the map page).

    Each year we completely remove any map markers and start over again. This ensures that the information is current and timely. In the past swarm removal lists on the MBA web site, this cleaning house was not done and the information was woefully out of date.

    However, you can sign up for a map marker now if you wish. Again, go the the page on the MBA web site of the map you want and follow the instructions.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Hi my name is Shannon and I work for a pest control company in Michigan. We discourage customers to spray for honey bees and I am trying to get someone I can refer them too. I have a customer right now who says he has 10,000 bees on the outside of his house and they have been there for 2 days he wants us to come and spray for them and we do not want to kill 10,000 honey bees. The customer is located on Cascade rd in Grand Rapids, MI and I am looking for something else I can offer him Help please.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Congratulations on your hesitation to kill honey bees. They need all the help they can get. Try contacting Jonathan Engelsma (email is Jonathan is in the Hudsonville area and may be able to help.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Sarah Hillman

    My neighbor’s honey bees have taken up residence in a large walnut tree in our yard. It was cool with us for them to stay. They pollinate our flowers. However, lately they have been doing these displays of a “tornado” nature. They cover a large area of our yard for about an hour or so then move slowly to another location. One night they decided to hang out in an apple tree in our horse pasture. I really don’t want an encounter with one of our horses. I wouldn’t mind keeping the bees but I have no knowledge about them. Is it possible to get them to move into a box? Who can I contact to get started? I heard on N.P.R. It’s really important to encourage bees who are winter hardy and can make it in Michigan. Well, after this winter I’m guessing they have proven themselves.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    What you are describing could be swarming. Honey bees swarm in the spring. A swarm is how the colony reproduces itself. When swarming, the old queen will leave the hive with about half of the workers. Initially the queen lands near the old hive and the other bees will cluster around her. During this time, scout bees are locating potential new nest sites. Once a suitable nest is found, and the swarm agrees, the whole job lot takes to the air and flies to the new nest site. During the flight, the swarm does indeed look like a mini tornado. During this time, the swarm is extremely gentle; you can reach right in and they will ignore you. It is one of the coolest sights which nature has to offer and you should consider yourself lucky to have seen it.

  • Mary Stevens

    There is a hive in a large maple tree in the front yard of my mother-in-law’s house. She is concerned about her grandchildren playing in the yard and getting stung. Is there a way to remove a colony from a tree (they enter through a split in the tree), without killing the tree? I don’t want my brother-in-law to spray the colony with poison.

    Thank you, Mary

  • Stephen Tilmann

    First of all, it is rather difficult to remove a colony of honey bees from a tree cavity without cutting down the tree itself. It can be done, but it is not such an easy task. The actual nest may be some distance from the entrance hole. You might kill some of the workers, but the queen and nurse bees may not be immediately in reach of the spray.

    Of course, honey bees are generally gentle creatures who much prefer to go about their business without bothering others (including your mother-in-law’s grand children). Most people’s fear of honey bees is, basically, irrational. Given that honey bees are under a great many stresses these days, and they are absolutely critical for gardening and crop pollination, we would much prefer to see this colony survive.

    Actually, you have a good educational moment here. You can teach the children about honey bees and they will be able to see and observe one of the more fascinating aspects of nature. Since the entrance is in a tree cavity, the bees are probably coming and going some distance off the ground. Their flight path is up and out of the way, which also helps reduce conflicts.

    If you are lucky, you may be able to observe a swarm. Swarming is how a colony reproduces. Swarming usually happens in the spring and early summer (May and June) but this year (2014) the swarming season is late. Bees are exceedingly gentle during a swarm; you can put your bare hand right in the middle of a swarm without stings. Swarms usually alight higher up in trees so they are (generally) out of the way. Use the internet to learn what is going on during a swarm and be prepared to be fascinated.

    We applaud your efforts to save the colony; honey bees need all the help they can get. Even if the colony is killed, it is very likely to be repopulated during the next swarm season. (Honey bees are very, very good at locating these nest sites and the tree already has comb, honey and pollen in it. It would be like moving into a furnished apartment with the refrigerator already stocked!)

    Use this opportunity to educate your family. They will all be better for it.

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