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Have a Honey Bee Swarm?

Have a Honey Bee Swarm?

If you see a honey bee swarm or have found a colony on your property, first you need to make sure they are actually honey bees. You may have yellow jacket wasps instead.

 

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Yellow Jacket Wasp

Yellow Jacket Wasp

Honey bee swarms are not aggressive. They are actually custered together until they find a new home. You can read more about swarms in our blog At The Bee Farm and in this post on Treehugger

Below are beekeepers in Chicago who will remove honey bee swarms.


Beekeepers from North Park Village Nature Center will take swarms on the North Side of Chicago. 

sean.shaffer@chicagoparkdistrict.com  

312-744-5472


Mollie Edgar will remove swarms on the Northwest side of Chicago.

mollieedgar@gmail.com 

312-720-1860 


William Pilipauskas will catch swarms in Lake and McHenry Counties and will also remove bees from buildings. Wpilipauskas@gmail.com 

Andrea Bolks  bolks.andrea@gmail.com  

952-215-4699


Greg Lane does swarm removal and colony removal from structures, primarily from the South Side of the city and the southern suburbs. Contact: online(at)walkerwood (dot) net, or call 773 five62 eightynine20.


Jeff Leider will remove swarms from Chicago/North Shore, Cook County, Lake County, Dupage County.

cullom99@comcast.net

773-481-5881 


David Martin will capture swarms in Northwest Chicago and near Northwest suburbs

dvdemrtn@cs.com

773-736-0738 


If you find that you have a wasp nest, here is some good information about how to deal with it. 

Image from Purdue University Plant and Pest Laboratory

Image from Purdue University Plant and Pest Laboratory