Building “Cut Outs”

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35 comments to Building “Cut Outs”

  • Vicki

    We have a swarm of honey bees in the siding of the house. I don’t want to hurt them but am allergic to bees. We live in Holt.

  • pat gundrum

    We live at 679 S. edgar rd mason, mi…we have a honey bee nest over our patio door where our grandchildren go in and out. Want them removed without killing the if possible. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

  • Patty Patzer

    WE have honey bees in an outside wall and soffit of our home in Elmira, MI. Can anyone help us? Is anyone interested in them?

  • Benny Troyer

    I don’t have your phone numbers so if you can call me I can advise an possible come remove
    Im close to cadillac and have all the tools needed for honey bee removal from buildings
    Benny 231-920-1919

  • Holly

    My mother lives on a farm between Dimondale and Eaton Rapids. She has a large number of bees in the walls of her shed. We are looking for someone to remove them asap as work is being done. Please feel free to email me at for more information.

  • Judy Myers

    Parents house has SEVERAL bees in attic- need help in removal. These are honey bees- Do we spray and kill or would someone be interested in removal

  • Robert Hernandez

    We have a honeybee problem at the top part of our home under the eaves where a vent which probably had wire mesh has probably gotten a hole and the bees have entered and created a hive just inside. I don’t think that there would be any wall removal, but I’m not sure. I think that they lie just beyond the vent. I plan on replacing the vent with a properly screened version after their removal, but I don’t want to risk tampering with them myself. There is an attic above that section of house, but I’m not sure it extends that far (I’ve never been up in that attic since moving into my home) and I can hear them from my upstairs bedroom and they sound like they are right next to that vent. I know that they are new to this season and had not “moved in” prior to this spring. I don’t know how large a colony can get, but as I have said, they are audible through the ceiling as they produce a hum or noise. It started out as a scratching noise and I thought that their was a bird or something that had gotten into the attic. The noise is definitely centralized to that small spot beyond the vent, though, so I’m hoping that they are not a huge honey comb of them. If you think that you can help me, please feel free to email at

  • Chery Wangsawihardja

    We have an establish swarm in the walling close to our front door. I think they are honey bees and we would like to remove them to avoid pest problem in the future. If anyone willing to do cut out or other method to remove them, please email me

  • Bob Zabonick

    We have an active bee hive in the ceiling of our church with honey dripping on the floor. It is in the office section of the church, we only have two floors and it is in the second floor. Can anything be done about this?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Hi Bob,
    When honey starts to express itself inside a building, it usually means that the time has come (actually passed) to deal with it. Honey dripping might be caused by the honey fermenting (the bees have died or something) or maybe some small rodents have gotten into the comb and the honey is dripping because the comb is being torn apart. Whatever the cause, honey coming through the ceiling is not good. Besides the structural damage, the honey will attract all sorts of other critters (ants, bugs of all sort, mice, squirrels, raccoons, oppossums, and just about everything else that has a sweet tooth.

    Removing a colony from a building is what beekeepers call a “cut out”. Whoever does this will earn their pay. The colony of bees, if there are any, have no values now and will not survive the job. It is way too late in the year for that to happen. So you are basically looking at a carpentry job. There are beekeepers out there who can do this job, but it would be helpful if we knew where the building is located. From there, we may be able to help you hook up with a qualified beekeeper.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Marc Cunningham

    How can place a marker on this map? I have paid for a listing?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    An ad listing also includes a marker on the respective map. It sometimes takes a few days for the marker to show up as it is done manually.

  • Trish

    We have a honey bee nest in the exterior of our house. The bees were able to get in through a small hole last year. We were hoping they would move along or may not make it through the harsh winter, but they are active now. I would like them taken out and not sure who to contact. I think someone will need to cut out the nest. I saw the marker on the map, however it did not provide any contact information for removal. Please help. Thanks. My ph # is 517-896-4554. Thanks!

  • Ben Schlenker

    I have contacted Trish and we at Ole Bearz Bees, will be taking care of her bees in the wall problem. Please see our ad here on the site for cut outs and swarm catches too.

  • Nancy Jordan

    We leave in Grand Blanc, MI. We have a honey bee nest in the exterior of our house about 10′ from the ground. They have been there for several years. It will require removal of some of the siding to get to the honey comb. We would appreciate contact information for someone who is capable of doing this for us. Thanks so much! My cell # is 810-624-5542

  • Kim

    I live in the Crystal Lake area and have spare land for bee’s if your looking for any relocation areas please contact me for more information. The land is part woods and part orchard with plenty of fresh water nearby hope this is helpful to someone.

  • Leslie Merchant

    Has anyone used a bee vac to successfully extract a hive?

  • Annette

    I live in Midland (48640). We have active honey bees living in a section of the eaves of our second story roof. They may be in the exterior wall. We did not notice them until a few started showing up inside of our house last week (every night now).

    We have no desire to kill them. We understand their importance. However, my husband is deathly allergic and we can’t let them stay. I have contacted our local beekeepers and none of them are qualified to do a cut-out. I need to find someone who can, and soon. I am hoping you can help.

  • Marc Cunningham

    I can do this job for you Annette, 810-845-5619 Marc.

  • Rodney Bear

    Leslie, I used a bee vacuum with success once the hive was exposed (opened up). It was a cutout where we removed the vinyl siding and a portion of the OSB. Depending on the number of bees, it can be an all-day event. I used two 5-gallon buckets with a small bucket shop vac head (you can pick one up at Lowes /Home Depot/etc.) If you search Youtube there are a couple of videos that show how to construct the vacuum. The key to not killing the bees is to use just enough vacuum to pull the bee off the comb when they are crawling and to make sure that once you stop vacuuming you place a screened in lid on the bucket so that they do not over heat.
    You can’t just simply place the vacuum hose over the entrance of the hive and vacuum all the bees out.

    You can email me at (bearkarting at yah00 dot com)if you would like some photos of my vacuum.

    Good Luck,

  • Janine

    Bees going in and out of air intake vent for our gas fireplace. I can hear them in the foil ductwork under the fireplace, but no appearance in the house yet. Pretty sure they are honey bees, small enough to get through the screen in the vent cover. Need advice/help to remove. Gladwin area. Thanks!

  • frank Hagedorn

    I have honey bees that showed up 4 days ago and are under my siding, do you know who can rescue them in my area?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Where are you located?
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Marc

    I could do this job for Janine! 810-845-5619 Marc.

  • Linda

    I have some sort of bee infestation between the concrete threshold and brick siding by my front door. I really don’t want to kill them but THEY’RE RIGHT BY THE FRONT DOOR! I’m in Grand Blanc.

  • Zachary Huang

    Please see the page on Extension to determine if they are honey bees or wasps first. Each page will also have instructions as to how to deal with them. Zachary

  • Nadine

    We are trying to remove a rotted panel on our garage exterior and there are black and yellow fuzzy bees flying out. What is the smartest thing to do now?
    Also we see the bees entering the gravelly ground just in front of a shed about 25 feet from there. Is this something we should try to remove ourselves?
    The garage and shed infestation is in the 48316 zip code.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    First, you should confirm what type of bees (if, in fact, they are bees) you are dealing with. They could be wasps, hornets or bumblebees. Take a picture of one or collect one and then go to the web and search for pictures of bees.
    If you have honeybees in your garage, you may be able to remove the rotten board and leave the colony alone. If not, check the MBA web site maps (cutouts or swarm removal) and try to find a beekeeper in your area to help. Expect to pay for this service.
    The bees you see entering the ground are not honey bees; honey bees do not nest in the ground. You are probably looking at yellow jackets. These could be taken care of with a strong dose of commercial wasp spray (maybe). If they are not bothering you, you always have the option of leaving them alone.

  • Justin Barnes

    This past winter we began experiencing scratching noises in our bedroom ceiling near an exterior wall. We initially suspected mice in the attic, but ruled that out through trial and error. After washing my vinyl siding, I noticed a large concentration of bees (or yellow jackets?) entering the gap in the siding at a transition on my house, directly at the soffit. This area is about 40 feet up on the exterior, and i wouldn’t have ever noticed if not for the hose irritating them. We grabbed a ladder and identified the noise was local to the area I have seen the bees entering. The hive could have been there from last summer and we just didn’t hear the noise inside. From my mouse-capades, i know that the bees are not into the attic, but suspect they are in the wall cavity. We are located Haslett, MI, just outside Lansing. Looking to remove the bees and see if we need to extract the hive to avoid honey issues later.

  • Stephen Tilmann

    First, you should identify what you are dealing with. Could be honey bees or could be something else, like yellow jackets (a wasp). Find a dead one on the ground below the opening or somehow catch one. Then go to the web and search for pictures of honey bees and see what you have. Both species nest in wall cavities.

    If you have honey bees, check out the MBA web site and contact someone who can do a “cut out”, which means removing part of the wall and going after them. Expect to pay for this specialized service.

    If you have yellow jackets, your best bet is to leave them alone or try getting some sort of wasp spray in there. Spraying an entrance that far off the ground is not easy or particularly safe. You may need to talk to a commercial exterminator.

  • Sue Weibel

    I have bees going beneath the aluminum siding in the front of my house. I would like them removed without killing them. Is there anyone in the Wixom, Michigan area that could do this?

  • Tim Allwardt

    We live in Dewitt Mi, we went on vacation and came back to find a few bees in our finished basement. Found a small hole in ceiling where they were coming inside the house which I caulked shut….looks like they are coming in and out of a hole by the gas meter into the floor system….I think the area they are in a aprox 16″x16″ area Looking for someone to remove please!….I can do any of the rebuilding and removal of building drywall/siding etc. 269-838-5022

  • Lisa Clark

    I have a new hive in the side of my house. Only been there for maybe 2-3 days. I saw the start of the swarm on Monday (I have an old establish hive in one of my trees that has swarmed 4-5 times) and they found a squirrel hole in the siding of my house. I need them removed, but I can not get your map to load to see if there is anyone local. I am east of Manchester. Thank you.

  • Rebecca Pranger

    I have honeybees in my siding. Who is near the six lakes area and wants them.
    Call 616-889-2724.

  • Kevin Haight

    We live in Van Buren County in SW Michigan. For at least 6-7 years, we have had a large colony of honeybees high in our roofline. 5 years ago we hired exterminators who tried to poison the bees for a year, then gave up and refunded our money. We live in a log home and believe the beehive is along our ridgeline between the top ridgepole log and cedar shakes. I imagine this is a cut-out issue and not solely a swarm removal but I don’t know. I would like to have someone knowledgeable about these type of issues take a look and make a recommendation. Please email me at: or call 269-408-6262. Thanks, Kevin Haight

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