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Honey Bee Swarms

Beneficials>Honey_Bee_Swarm.jpgEach year, Kansas State University Extension Entomology Personnel and the Kansas Department of Agriculture–Plant Protection and Weed Control Program receive multiple requests from across Kansas regarding honey bee swarms and bee removal. To help respond to these questions our department has put together a list of bee keepers that have volunteered to help respond to these calls.

Honey Bee Swarm Catchers

The beekeepers listed below have agreed to be listed as a swarm catcher on a voluntary basis. They have the right to decline to respond to a swarm request at any time. A swarm is a cluster of loose bees in search of a new home. Swarms may stay in a particular area for only a few hours or for several days depending on the availability of nesting sites, weather conditions, or other factors. Factors limiting the acceptability of a swarm may include, but not be exclusive to: distance to swarm, how long the swarm has been at a site, height of the swarm off the ground, swarms in wall voids, or bees in tree holes (bee trees). Removal of established honey bee colonies from structures or tree holes may require additional equipment, certifications, permits or other challenges that not all beekeepers are equipped to handle. For these cases, a commercial pesticide applicator willing to tackle honey bee eradication may need to be contacted.

AreaNameCityContact InformationWill Consider
Northeast    
 Michael AllenKansas City913-384-0049Removal from structures & swarm catching since 1991. Free estimates. Serve the Greater Kansas City Area. No exterminating offered--honey bees only.
 Alfred AbtsTonganoxie913-526-8395 
 Rick AndersonManhattan785-410-172825 mile radius
 Dennis BaumgartnerSebetha785-285-0601Swarms only
 Rick Bishop or Amy BarnesManhattan785-577-6741 or 785-577-2430Manhattan, Junction City, and Wamego areas. May go further.
 Robert BrandenburgManhattan785-341-0802 or 785-341-0432Swarms in Manhattan area
 Howard BriggsJunction City785-761-5575Swarms within 40 miles of Junction City. Will do tear-outs on a case-by-case basis.  Do not reconstruct or perform repairs.
 Viktor ChikanManhattan785-341-6872Has equipment to remove bees from cavities and from higher up in trees.
 Larry CoppingerWinchester913-433-6988Leavenworth, Atchison, Shawnee, Jefferson, and Jackson counties.
 Sharon DobeshManhattan785-313-3983Riley, Geary, Pottawattomie, and Clay counties.
 Jeffrey Hoover
KC Bee Removal
Overland Park913-440-4703 or
jeffrey
@KCBeeRemoval.com

KC Metro Area. Swarms or Colonies. Honeybees only, please.

 Sam KennedyLecompton785-887-6048Douglas, Osage, Shawnee, and Jefferson counties
 Tom KuhnLenexa913-558-9109Swarms only, not from existing structures.  Call from 7am-10pm. Will consider Johnson, Miami, Franklin, Wyandotte & KC Metro area.
 Gary LaGrangeManhattan

H: 785-537-7493

C: 785-556-6799

Riley, Western Pottawatomie, and Eastern Geary Counties
 Richard MarteneyWamego785-494-8311 or
Pager #: 587-3240
 
 Jarrett MellenbruchRoeland Park347-489-0549Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area
 Sonja ParryHolton785-851-0645No Cut-outs. FREE swarm removal within 50 miles of Holton, KS. Swarms must be no more than 15-feet from ground. Call and leave message or text, will respond as quickly as possible.
 Ron PayneMeriden785-640-0923Swarm only within 50 miles
 Levi SchultzWathena785-840-5485Within 30 miles, Swarms - free removals
Wall voids - it is the owner's responsibility for repairs following removal
 Dirk ScatesTonganoxieH: 913-250-0530
C: 913-271-5864
No wall voids; Leavenworth, Douglas, Jefferson and Wyandotte counties
 Don Semple

Overland ParkH: 913-681-6653
C: 913-217-5290
Kansas City Metro Area
 Michael SinclairAtchison913-370-1113Atchison, Brown, and Doniphan counties
 Dale O. SmithWamegoH: 785-456-8436
C: 785-364-6401
Swarms within 60 miles
 Steve TiptonMeriden785-484-3710Shawnee, Jefferson, and Jackson counties.
 Lou WhippleAtchison913-426-5780Swarms only, Atchison county
East Central    
 Greg and Marty BohannonOttawa785-242-6289Within 30 miles from Ottawa, KS.  Not from inside the walls of a building.
 Kent BurchAlma785-456-5853Swarms only within 30 miles of Alma
 Robert BurnsOverland ParkC: 913-481-3504
H: 913-831-6096
Swarms only-no infestations
 Stuart DietzTopeka785-969-6110 or 785-304-5905Call any time. Swarms in Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Douglas, Miami, and Johnson counties.
 Bill HansanKansas City913-334-5249-Johnson, Wyandott, Leavenwoth Counties
-Swarms, Houses, voids, buildings, etc.
Call weekdays 8am-8pm.
Nothing higher than 20-ft., callers can leave message
 Matt MannellTopeka785-217-6256Shawnee county/Topeka area only.  Swarms only.
 Mickey MayTopeka816-564-5433 or
785-783-8960
Approximately a 70 mile radius from Topeka area.
 Mike McKinneyLawrence

785-843-0995

mchappycat@gmail.com

Limited to honey bees in Jefferson and Douglas counties
 Bill PattersonLyndon785-828-3296
785-640-2853
Swarms in Osage, Coffee, Lyon Counties
 Dan PhiferTopeka785-231-9317 
 Pat Rayne


Paola913-731-4468Swarm Removal. Will do tear out, will not do put back. Charge for all removal. 50 mile radius of Paola.
 Bruce SandersLenexa913-231-9098Swarms only.  Johnson and Douglas counties.
 Kristi SandersonOlathe913-758-4961Swarms, call any time.
 Johnny Thornton
or Wayne Flewelling
Lyndon785-828-4201 or
785-221-4756
Swarms only
 Dave WebbStilwell913-681-8600 or
C: 913-244-1011
Johnson and Miami counties or KC Metro Area
Southeast    
 Marietta GrahamElbing316-799-2849South Central Kansas. Removing Swarms and honey bees from all types of structures. Call for Insured bee removals in Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick, & Marion Counties. Will consider other areas.
 Cole HerderHumboldtH: 620-473-3639 or
620-212-4846
swarms only-no infestations
 Tom HibbardYates Center

H: 620-625-2867

C: 620-496-8692

O: 620-637-2368

Calls from Wilson, Coffey, Greenwood, Allen, and Butler counties.
 Eric McCreightLeon316-640-7847Will capture swarms and do hive removals in Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, &
Greenwood areas.
 Dan Mosier IIFarlington620-687-0643Honey bee rescue, removal, or Relocation. Experienced at swarm catching and extractions. Free within 40 miles unless it gets complicated.
 Michelle D NewbreyTowanda316-541-2320Butler and Sedgwick counties
 Billy SmartUdall620-782-9638SE Wichita, Haysville, Derby, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Douglass, Belle Plaine, Rock and Vicinity
 Gage WernerWinfield620-222-2961Cowley, Sumner, Chautauqa, Sedgwick, and Butler counties
 John YoungMadison620-437-247520-30 Mile Radius
North Central    
 Darryl BoeskevCantonC: 620-654-6547
H: 620-628-4519
Will do wall voids. Call for estimate.
 

James Christopher

Natoma

H: 785-885-4524

C: 785-885-8185

Evenings best to call, swarms and wall voids
 Bill DriggsPhillipsburg785-533-1147Swarms within 100 miles
 Bonita OlivaWoodston785-425-7312Prefers swarms only, Rooks County
 Clayton PortenierWashington785-325-3434Washington and Republic counties.  Call evenings or leave a message.
 John WelchMinneapolis785-392-2914 or
C: 785-392-0026
50 Mile Radius
Central    
 Dale BeamsOsborne785-346-4352Willing to accept any calls, distance is not an issue.
Can cut out bees from walls & other extractions.
 Randall BradenHays785-635-2443Ellis, Trego, Sheridan, Rush, Rooks, Russell, and Gove Counties (possibly Decatur)
 Jeff CoxGypsum785-536-4243Will do tear out to get bees. Will not do put back. Do not charge for removal. 100 mile radius. Tree removal if applicable.
 Shawn CrabbPeabody785-307-0372 or 785-761-332060 mile radius.
 Rex HaySalina785-819-1858Approximately 50 miles
 Mike JensenHays785-623-4285Ellis, Rooks, Rush, and Trego Counties
 Tom JohnsonAbileneH: 785-263-7058
C: 785-577-0422
 
 Tom PearsonGreat Bend620-786-8760Will consider: 50 mile radius
Barton, Pawnee, Stafford, Russel, Rice, Rush Counties
Do not reconstruct or perform repairs on buildings.
 John SchneiderOtis785-387-2510 
 Raymond StevensonSalinaH: 785-827-8060
C: 785-493-1287
Will do wall voids. Will charge for mileage. Call for consult.
 Bruce SwobGreat Bend620-923-5291

Barton and Rush counties

 Greg SwobHays785-623-3533

Remove Swarms only within 30 miles of Hays, KS. NO removal from cavities of buildings or structures.

 Melanie & Dennis ThrowerAbilene785-479-2354Swarms only.  Will travel up to 100 mile radius (Saline, Dickinson, Clay, McPherson, Marion Counties).
 Bill & Candy VinduskaMarion316-204-7264 or 620-382-2393Specializing in honey bee removal.  Sedgwick & Marion Counties
 Steve WeberHoisington620-786-875350 mile radius-Barton, Pawnee, Stafford, Russell, Rice, Rush Counties-
No remodeling or reconstruction work performed on buildings-owner will need to contact repairman.
 Alisha WeiserNewtonH: 620-367-3876McPherson, Marion, or Harvey Counties Free swarm removal and some cut outs.
South Central    
 Richard AbelDerby316-788-6357Call any time. Will collect swarms free of charge. Cutouts from structures on a case by case basis. Wichita and vicinity
 Jeff CartwrightWichita316-304-8024Sedgwick and Butler Counties
 Dale JernbergBurrton316-830-0085 Harvey County and surrounding area
 Sam GalliartHutchinson620-899-6344Free swarm removal within 50 miles of Hutchinson.  Will do tear-out-of-walls or other structures upon quote.
 Gene GarateMulvane316-239-5824Will Consider: Swarms, Nests, etc. Call Anytime during daylight hours Mulvane, Udal, Derby, Rosehill, Douglas, Clearwater, Belle Plaine, Haysville, Wichita, Viola, Conway Springs, Oxford, Willington, etc.
 Jackie & James GoffWichita316-772-3546 or 316-516-8074Sedgwick, Butler, and Sumner counties
 Terry HornerNorwich620-478-288150 Mile Radius
     
 Jeff KinniburghWichita

C: 316-393-2080

H: 316-755-2063

Swarms on the ground free removal, in the air for charge.  Cut outs and trap outs at flat hourly rate.  Not responsible for damage, additional cost for repairs to buildings.
 Tim KuhnPrattH: 620-672-9247
C: 620-770-1224
-Any swarms, will do tear out of walls to remove bees, will NOT do reconstruction.
-Will travel throughout South Central, South West, Central, & North Central Kansas.
 Robyn Mast KingHutchinson620-200-5628Swarms only, call anytime. 50 mile radius of Hutchinson
 Nate MathewsWichita316-305-9602-Swarms and tree/wall voids only
-Call anytime
-Wichita, Newton, Park City, Goddard
 Larry McCreightWichita316-722-0255West Wichita and 10 mile radius from Kellogg & Tyler
 Tony PowersHutchinson620-663-6060
H: 620-665-6181
60 mile radius from Hutchinson
 Jim RowanNorwich620-478-2210Swarms only. Harper, Sumner, and Sedgwick Counties.
 Wes and Stacy Rogers
(Bee Charmer Apiary)
Mt. Hope316-204-5702-No limitations-
call anytime-
-All counties surrounding and including SG Co.
other areas on a case by case basis.
-Do all kinds of removals including structures.
 Bill VinduskaWichita316-204-7264Sedgwick & Marion counties
 Wesley WolkenWichitaH:316-260-1386
C:316-350-5733
Free Swarm removal Charge for hive inside a tree removal. Will do some wall removal, case by case. Free consultations
Northwest    
 None   
West Central    
 Bill GeurinScott City620-874-8395 
 Ron HopkinsScott CityH: 620-872-0506
C: 620-874-1156
Swarms only; no wall voids or bee trees.
 Lee ReedQuinter785-754-3543Northwest Kansas Only
 Brenda SeaderSharon Springs720-261-850450 Mile radius. Unable to work over 10 ft. off ground.  Not able to do cut outs, but can assist. Have bee vacuum.
 Boyd ShupeHealy620-397-2449 
Southwest    
 Dean WhitehillGarden City620-272-3670 

If you are a Beekeeper and would like to be included on this list please fill out the following Beekeeper (Swarm Catcher) Registration Form and send it to Sharon Dobesh, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, 4024 Throckmorton, Manhattan, KS 66506. Beekeeper (Swarm Catcher) Registration Form (PDF)