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  • Blaine Johnston

    I will remove bee’s for free !

    Blaine Johnston
    40 S. Loomis rd.
    Mount Pleasant (central michigan)
    WE Service Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, and mecosta counties.

  • Zachary Huang

    Robert said:

    URGENT! Please come to Brooklyn, MI ASAP. We have a foreclosed home next to us and there is a MASSIVE honey bee (I think) colony. They have made a nest in the forclosed home BUT thousands leave the home during the heat of the day and have made a “home away from home” on a bush that is right next to our property. At times they hang almost 5-6 feet in length! I can send you pictures and also video if this would help. Contact me via email ASAP before the mortgage company for the foreclosed property hire an exterminator. I will check my email several times a day and will provide my phone number once you write back. THANK YOU.

    anybody here close to Brooklyn, MI? Rob’s email is robertpedersen@robertpedersen.net

  • Kerrie Krampe

    My family needs help we are in St. Johns, MI we live in a manufactured housing community our neighbor very close to us has a large swarm of honey bees living under her home she is very allergic I have 5 children and the honey bees are pouring out of the skirting and in groups on the siding we have been seeking help for far too long please help!

    please contact Kerrie at 810-577-4781 if you are able to do free honey bee removal

  • Zachary Huang

    A Williamston, MI resident (1.2 acres) would like to have bees put on her property. email her if interested. pshaheen@umich.edu.

  • Dean A. Cross

    Please add my name in information to the SWARM REMOVAL listing.

    Dean A. Cross
    2162 Grovenburg Rd
    Lansing, MI 48911-6443

    I will remove exposed swarms and possibly swarm/hive from building depending on the difficulty.

    I will travel through out Ingham County, Eastern Eaton County, and southern Clinton county.

  • Jordin

    We live in Shelby twp, and recently moved into our new home. However, we have underground nests (I think) of bees. I don’t know what kind though. My husband is very allergic to bees and possibly wasps. He was unable to finish the allergy tests due to the severity of the reacitons. He was stung by a bee from an underground nest in Beaverton last year and was in the hospital. The doctors said the next sting could be potentially fatal. So we must get rid of these bees! It was suggested to contact a bee keeper. Any help? Thank you!!

    2010/08/29 at 12:25 | In reply to Jordin.

    If they are nesting underground, they are most possibly yellow jackets or bumble bees. Please check to see what they are at: http://bees.msu.edu/extension/ . If they are yellow jackets or bumble bees, you can kill them by spaying into their entrance hole after dark with hornet/wasp killing canned sprays. — Zachary Huang

  • Carl W Craft

    Please add my name to the swarm removal list.

    I will remove honey bees in the greater Lansing and Jackson areas.
    Please do not spray the bees . Call a beekeeper to remove the bees safty. I will give them a good home.

    Bunkerhill Bee Farm
    Carl and Donna Craft

  • Jordin

    Thanks for the great identification website. They are definitely yellow jackets. Any one know who can get rid of them? ASAP. as I said, my husband is deathly allergic and they are nested near the front door and garage, underground. HELP!

  • Allen


    I’ll tell you what I did. Keep in mind that I know little about yellowjackets or bees in general and this is just what happened and not a recommendation.

    In my case, the yellowjackets had built into a former mole tunnel. Yellowjackets will do that. That’s bad news because you don’t know how far it extends.

    I have a hose spigot that has hot and cold water. I ducktaped the hose to a long stick, ducktaped a large funnel on the end of the stick and pointed the hose into it. I could then (in morning when still dark)I got the hot water going. Turned it off again. Put the end of the funnel into the hole where I’d seen them fly in/out. Then turned on the hot water. That will also kill vegetation so watch out.

    I also went uphill from the nest along the mole tunnel and repeated.

    Worked for me for what that’s worth. Two years ago and no more yellowjackets. Now the moles… that’s another story.

  • K. Heard

    I’m allergic to bee stings and am in a bad position since a nest of yellow jackets have made a home in my yard, with the entrance close to my house. Yesterday I noticed a few in the basement. I hate to kill them, but we have to get rid of them. Does anyone relocate this type of bee? We live in Ann Arbor. Thanks! K. Heard, klg_12@hotmail.com

    ****No, yellowjackets are pests and nobody will relocate them. They will all die soon after frost. Use insecticides in cans to kill them at night. — Zachary Huang

  • Don

    I need to have bees removed from a horse shed in a pasture. There is a large hole (maybe 12 in.)in the inside wall they use for access. I think they are honeybees but am not sure.
    I need to be able to use the shed for horses but I don’t think they like cohabitation with a large swarm of bees. I am located in Williamston/Okemos area – about 15 min east of MSU. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks.

    Steve Tilman said…
    Please check to see what type of insects they are at: http://bees.msu.edu/extension/. If they are honey bees, there is s chance that a beekeeper can help. Keep in mind that honey bees nesting in a cavity, such as a wall, usually requires taking the wall apart (to some degree) to get at them. Beekeepers are beekeepers and not carpenters. So any beekeeper will want to have it crystal clear as to what they are willing to do pro bono. If after check they are in fact honey bees, then you can probably find a beekeeper to help at http://www.comb-bees.org in the “swarm” page. Also the following individual may help…
    Dean A. Cross
    2162 Grovenburg Rd
    Lansing, MI 48911-6443

  • Brent Link

    Please add my contact info to the list of bee keepers interested in removing honey bees.
    I serve Muskegon, and the southern portion of Newaygo and Oceana Counties.

  • Do you think Killer bees have reached Muskegon yet?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    The short answer is “no”. The longer answer is that “killer bees” (actually apis mellifera scutellata) are from the south Africa region and are a tropical animal. As such, they probably cannot survive our northern climate. What is actually happening, however, is that they are hybridizing with apis mellifera (the European bees that we have) and the hybrid is able to adapt to the more northerly climates. That said, the hybrid has reached the southern portion of the US (from Florida to Southern California) and has sort of stalled there. Many beekeepers import packaged bees from the south and there is the probability that some of these packages may have hybrid bees in them. So in that sense, there may be hybrids in Michigan. However, the problem is minor, if it exists at all. The issue of importation, among many others, is one reason why there is a renewed interest in breeding a “local” bee genetic line in Michigan.

  • Jay Peasley

    I would like to be added to the swarm removal list please.

    Jay Peasley
    8707 E Parketon Ln
    Hesperia, MI 49421

  • Don Johnson

    I will remove honeybee swarms in Calhoun and Branch Counties. Located in Battle Creek. 269-601-0143.

  • bill catalano

    I have a honeybee hive in a wall of a barn in richmond michigan,THEY ARE HONEY BEES,i closed up a broken window opening a few years back and the bees moved in,they are very docile and dont bother anyone but i am building an addition on that wall this summer and they have to go.the hive must be pretty big because of the traffic from the opening i watched last summer,i have pictures of the bees,so if anyone wants them email me at bills.vettes@yahoo.com thanks

  • Bob Lee

    I would like a hive of bees on my 2.75 acres. I have planted about 3/4 of an acre in buckwheat every year but last year the bees were almost non-existant. I have been told the beekeeper that lives in my area quit raising bees. As a result, my garden and fruit trees have been very unproductive compared to what they were in years past. I am on Riverview Drive in Plainwell about 3 miles out toward Kalamazoo. Contact me at 269-615-9915

  • Rick

    I’d like my phone number changed when you get a chance. Thanks!

    Rick Van Baren
    (616) 730-2070

  • Richard Leonard

    Please add my name to the swarm removal list

    Richard Leonard
    North Branch
    810-688-7387 (home)
    810-356-2989 (cell)
    Lapeer County, southern Tuscola County and western St Clair County. Give me a call
    Small charge for removal of bees, depending on distance I have to travel.


  • Brian Keith

    please add my name to honey bee swarm removal list.

    Brian Keith

    service Saginaw and Shiawasee counties

    cell 989-297-0097

    home 989-770-4525

    give me a call.
    we will remove honey bee swarms, even on the inside of structures.

  • Brian O'Day

    Brian ODay

    Haslett, MI 48840
    Phone: 517.420.5622
    Mostly local (greater Lansing area)will remove swarms free of charge and provide honeybees a healthy happy home!

    Please add me to the list.

  • Dale Berglund

    We have a bee hive located under our bay window. House located in Grandville, Mi It is very active and would like them removed without duing them harm. Any help would be gratefull.
    Thanks Dale

  • jennifer rivera

    I am in Roseville Mi, I just bought a house and have what appear to be a large number of bees living happily under my eves. Anyone want to come rescue them? Please? With a cherry on top? peppermintzipper@yahoo.com

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Fist, you need to make sure they are honey bees and not something else, like yellow jackets or wasps. In the fall, yellow jackets become very active and people begin to notice them. You can go to the MBA web site and look at some of the pictures of honey bees to confirm. If they are yellow jackets or wasps, then most beekeepers won’t be interested.

    At this time of year, moving a colony of honey bees won’t work. They will perish. So my best advice is to leave them alone until spring. Odds are they will not make it through the winter. If you notice the honey bees coming and going in the early spring, then a beekeeper may very well be your answer. Check back on the MBA “swarm removal” map to find a beekeeper in your area.

    If the colony is located inside your house structure (such as in the eaves or walls), then this is what we call a “cut out”. This means that part of your building will have to be taken apart to get at the colony. Many beekeepers won’t tackle this kind of job. However, check the Building “Cut Out” map on the MBA web site to find a beekeeper qualified for this type of work.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • jessica bean

    I have a swarm of honey bees in a tree very close to my home. Trying to get rid of them because I have two children who cannot play in the yard due to high volume of buzzing bees. Our driveway is also located on that side of the house therefore entering and exiting our home has been a challenge. I live in midland county, city of Coleman. Can someone please help? I am unsure if my kids are allergic and don’t want to test it, especially with a hive of bees this large. Please help. Email at jeff_searight@yahoo.com if you can help or direct us to someone who can. Thank you in advance

  • lisa heghes

    I believe I have a large swarm of, what looks like, huge bumble bees. They are, and, have been going in and out of trim at my attached garage roof line. I have tried to get rid of them with a small amount of pesticide but I do not want to use that again as I have pets. They are still there, and growing, it seems. I would appreciate professional help! Email me at wwwmich@yahoo.com. Thank You!

  • Zachary Huang

    Lisa, I have a website (http://bees.msu.edu/extension/) which lists a few of the most common stinging insects in Michigan. Zachary Huang

  • Claire Wilson

    I have a honey bees nest in my siding of my house, I am looking to get the safely removed from my house. I have a 6 year old and a dog both are allergic to bees. Honey bees are great for our environment but they are not great for my yard. Please HELP! my email is cwilson8709@yahoo.com

  • Kelly Smalley

    Hello, I am looking form someone that would be willing to come and remove a honeybee nest from my parents home in Richmond, MI. We know they are honey bees as the honey has started to leak thru the drywall. There are thousands of them. I am very worried about my parents and the grandchildren going over there.

  • Laura Apol

    hi. I have just moved to the country, to 25 acres near Lyons Michigan. I would LOVE to have beehives, but know nothing about how to get them started. I don’t want to care for them myself–I just want to provide bees with a home, and beekeeper with a site. If you are interested or know how I can get started in hosting bees, please write to me at lauraapol@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • Scott Sousley

    We have a bee swarm and now a hive established in the peak of our cabin roof at the soffit. Is there anyone who can come to the West Branch area (I75@M33) to remove these bees? My wife is the former Michigan Honey Queen and a former bee keeper but it looks like the bees are now inside the structure. Does anyone do the removal and re-construction? This is now over our head……literally!

    calls and e-mails please for input and advise.

  • Dwayne

    Looking for honey bee removal in the Alpena Michigan Area.

  • Sherry Laskey

    Is there anyone in the Salem/ South Lyon area that would relocate a colony of honey bees that are nesting in a tree? Their hive is between to trees that grew together,about 5 ft off the ground and cutting the trees down would not be an option. The hive is about 25 feet from the house and I had not noticed them until last weekend.

    Any advice on whether to have them exterminated or try re-location would be appreciated.


  • Stephen Tilmann

    If the honey bees are not bothering you, then we suggest you simply leave them alone. Having a honey bee colony around is a good thing. Relocating the colony this time of year (in the fall) is certain death for them.

    Since the colony is high up the tree, they will come and go without causing an issue on the ground.

    You might even want to go out there, set up a comfortable lawn chair, and use your binoculars to simply watch the hive go about its business. It is the best shown in town.
    Steve Tilmann, Treasurer
    Michigan Beekeepers’ Association

  • Randy Love

    Is there anybody who can help me and remove a swarm of honey bees that have taken over my front porch. They moved in about a month ago and now we cannot even go out there, a place where we used to set all the time. We are located between Leslie and Onondaga. I am willing to do whatever I need to do to help. If I need to remove the siding to get at them, no problem. I will do all the carpenter work needed to take care of this problem. I have called a bunch of numbers I got from bees-on-the-net but no one has called me back. HELP, PLEASE SOMEONE CONTACT ME!!

  • Rodney Bear

    Randy, if you are still looking for someone please contact me 248-705-6013


  • Nichole W

    Is there anyone who can get rid of bumblebees? I think there is a nest under my deck in the backyard by my back door. I wasn’t thinking much of it since we left them alone until one bee came in the house with me on my shirt and stung me a couple of times. I have children and a dog and don’t want any of them to get stung too.

  • Cheri Smith

    I need bees removed from a landscaping timber that is on the ground. They have already stung my husband and he has had a localized reaction to them.. Also have someone here deadly allergic to them. If can’t get someone to remove them, we will be spraying until they are all dead.

  • Sarah

    Hello, I live in the Mt. Pleasant area and have a very large hive under our back deck. Help or suggestions on who is able to assist in the removal. They are becoming aggressive towards us and our cats. Please email or call 9894001700. Thanks!

  • paul

    Hello, I have an underground swarm at my place that I have found two entrenched to in the yard. Been stung a few times now and would like to get them taken care of. 2 as thinking I’d wait till it was cold at night and fill the holes with something poisonous for them, but not sure if that’s the best move. Thanks.

    Btw….my number is 517 889 1570 and I’m in lansing. Thanks

  • Lisa

    We have two ground bee colonies at our house, both very active. We have three small children and are worries about stings, but do not want to simply kill the m. If anyone wants to take them, please do. We live in Williamston. Will they come back in the spring?

  • Stephen Tilmann

    Honey bees are cavity nesters (like in trees, hollow spaces in walls, and the like). Honey bees do not nest in the ground. Most likely you are dealing with yellow jackets. Catch a couple and then go to the web to make a positive ID. Ground nests of yellow jackets can sometimes be dealt with by using commercial wasp/hornet sprays.

  • jane

    Onekama area. I believe we have honey bees in or behind our bay window. My husband said there is nothing we can do. They are flying in and out of a couple holes that I can see. Do I need to find a professional to remove the hive? We had a large hive removed from our barn about 3 years ago by a beekeeper with thousands of bees – he was thrilled by the way. But that was out in the open. What kind of disaster will this be(e) …?? How in the world do you get at this! I am more concerned about this than my husband is. I only for see many problems with this. What should I do?

  • Darlene

    I have what appears to be honey bees in my porch ceiling. I would like to move them or have someone move them. I don’t want to kill them, however, I am allergic to bees, so I want to go about this safely. I thought there were people who could come and get the hive for their use. Do you have any suggestions? thanks for any help you can provide.

  • Ann

    I live in Grandville, Mi area. The last month or so I have it appears honeybees swarming on second story level in the overage area. Now they are coming into house more and more. I have a sealed gas fireplace with no exterior chimney so I cannot look up the flue area. My parents had bees last year in the flue in a traditional fireplace in Southern MI. Any help would be suggested? Will they leave once cold weather and snow gets here??

  • Stephen Tilmann

    First, you need to positively identify what you are dealing with. Collect a specimen (or find a dead one below the entrance) and then go to the web an search for pictures (honey bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, etc). There is a good chance you are dealing with something other than a honey bee colony. Whatever they are, they will not leave when the winter sets in (that is why they are there in the first place). Odds are good, however, that the colony will not survive the winter (many honey bee colonies do not). If this happens, you should seal up the opening (or openings) late winter. Otherwise, another colony will most like move in. If the colony is inside the structure, then you are dealing with a “cut out”. This will cost, but may be your second option. The first, is to do nothing and see what happens.

  • sarah

    I live in Battle Creek & have a hive on the side of my house under the aluminum siding. I hear about the loss of honey bees & really don’t want to exterminate them, but my basement floor is littered with dead bees they seem to be able to get in but not out. Please help or refer me to someone that can, I’m a single mom & tight on cash so please no one too expensive, thanks in advance

  • sarah

    I live in Battle Creek & have a honey bee hive on the side of my house under the aluminum siding. I’ve heard about the bee population dwindling & really want to avoid exterminating them. My basement is currently littered with dead bees they seem to be able to get in but not out, please help or refer me to someone that can, thanks in advance

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