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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.  


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


William Pilipauskas will catch swarms in Lake, McHenry and Northern Cook Counties and will also remove bees from buildings.


Andrea Bolks

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.


Marcus Schaufele Will remove swarms in Northwest Cook County (Chicago, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Morton Grove, Niles, Glenview, Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Skokie).


Bill Whitney will capture swarms and remove bees and wasps from structures near Wheaton. IL.


Kelsey Green will capture outdoor swarms on the North and Northwest of the city and suburbs.


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