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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, McHenry and Northern Cook Counties and will also remove bees from buildings. Wpilipauskas@gmail.com

847-373-9148


Andrea Bolks bolks.andrea@gmail.com
952-215-4699


Jana Kinsman will capture swarms in Chicago, Western and Southwest suburbs
bikeabee@gmail.com

630-234-5347


Jeff Leider will remove swarms from Chicago/North Shore, Cook County, Lake County, Dupage County.
cullom99@comcast.net

773-481-5881


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

847-296-9383


Bill Whitney will capture swarms and remove bees and wasps from structures near Wheaton. IL.
bill@citybeesavers.com

630-660-9846

Kelsey Green will capture outdoor swarms on the North and Northwest of the city and suburbs.
kilobot8@gmail.com

773-332-0033


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