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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.

If you are a beekeeper and would like to be included on this list, please see instructions at the bottom of this page.

AreaNameCityContact InformationWill Consider
 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.

Rick Anderson (Green Valley Honey)

Manhattan785-410-1728Limit 25 ft. in height, 35 mile radius from Manhattan.  Free advice, quick response, bee removal of all types.  No Charge.
 Ben AndrewsLawrence785-764-6859Douglas and Shawnee Counties.
 Dennis BaumgartnerSebetha785-285-0601Swarms only
 Rick Bishop or Amy BarnesManhattan785-577-6741 or 785-577-2430Manhattan, Junction City, and Wamego areas. May go further.
 Roger BostwickOzawkie785-633-9950Swarms Only
 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.
 Cheryl BurkheadBerryton785-224-9077Swarms only, no structure or tree removals.
 Larry CoppingerWinchester913-433-6988Leavenworth, Atchison, Shawnee, Jefferson, and Jackson counties.
 Ken DeVanLeavenworth520-249-048050 mile radius from Leavenworth, free removals, Swarms, trap-outs, tree swarms.
 Sharon DobeshManhattan785-564-0734

Riley and Geary counties.

 Corey DouglassOzawkie785-341-5525 or 785-876-2149

60 to 70 mile radius for swarms.

 Rick FalkAtchison913-370-1585

Will collect all accessible swarms within a 10 mile radius of Atchison, KS.

 Sean GovanSt. Mary's

785-456-8604(work/daytime number)

785-340-5312 (cell-cannot answer at work)

Call between 7am and 8pm, 7 days a week. Swarms or removals from Topeka to Manhattan and in-between.  No repairs for removals.

 Tim Grauer & Rick CudneyMarysville785-562-3349/785-562-8404

Swarms at no charge, Marshall County and surrounding areas.

 Amber HoffmanEmmett785-969-4128

Free honey bee swarm removal. Structure removal by consult, not responsible for repairs or costs to structures. Call or text. Free to send pictures.

Serving Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, & Wabaunsee counties.

 Jeffrey Hoover
KC Bee Removal
Overland Park913-440-4703 or

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

Ty & Shelley Martin (Hillside Honey Apiary)


913-683-3647 or

913-773-0157 (office)

Leavenworth, Atchison, and Jefferson Counties

 Jarrett MellenbruchRoeland Park347-489-0549Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area
 Jim MendenhallKansas City913-620-7470K.C. Metro area only. Will evaluate on scene if it can be done. No charge. We want to save the bees.
 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
 Ike PerfettiManhattan314-307-5743Call anytime.  Will do swarms and some cut-outs.  Will travel to Riley, Pottawatomie, Geary, Wabaunsee, Morris, and Chase counties.
 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
 Kate SimpsonLawrence785-840-8443Douglas and Shawnee Counties.
 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.
 Russell TrecekManhattan785-410-1658Swarm Removal. May ask mileage reimbursement. Structural cut-outs based on minimum starting fee, does not include reconstruction. 100 mile radius from Manhattan.
 Lou WhippleAtchison913-426-5780Swarms only, Atchison county
 Steve WilliamsManhattan785-313-0755Riley and Southern Pottawatomie Counties. Swarms no more than 15 feet from ground, tree, building, etc.
East Central    
 Matthew BrandesWellsville913-706-3087Swarms only, no structure/cavity removal.  Franklin, Anderson, and Miami counties.
 Jim BrannickSilver Lake316-737-0775Swarms only or felled tree's with bees within, 40 miles of Silver Lake, KS 66539
 Greg and Marty BohannonOttawa785-242-6289Within 30 miles from Ottawa, KS.  Not from inside the walls of a building.
 Robert BrooksLawrence785-766-1374Will collect swarms and hives from anyplace.  Counties of Douglas, Johnson, Franklin, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Jefferson, Wabaunsee, Leavenworth, Jackson, Pottawatomie, Lyon, Coffey, and Anderson.
 Kent BurchAlma785-456-5853Swarms only within 30 miles of Alma
 Robert BurnsOverland ParkC: 913-481-3504
H: 913-831-6096
Swarms only-no infestations
 Lonnie CoxEudora913-708-0732 
 Stuart DietzTopeka785-969-6110 or 785-304-5905Call anytime. Swarms in Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Douglas, Miami, and Johnson counties.
 Julie DillinghamMcFarland785-844-1756Call anytime; leave voicemail if no answer. Looking for swarms within a 50-mile radius.
 Tim GogolskiOsage City785-249-5544 
 Bill HansanKansas City913-334-5249-Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth Counties
-Swarms, Houses, voids, buildings, etc.
Call weekdays 8am-8pm.
Nothing higher than 20-ft., callers can leave message
 Matt JohnsonOsawatomie913-731-0152 
 Amy JordonBerryton620-366-5166Shawnee County, swarms only
 Duncan MacLachlanLawrence913-602-4428Swarms only, Northeast and East Central part of Kansas
 Ike MallulaRoeland Park913-488-8292Swarms only, maximum height 10-ft. off the ground. Will go about 5 mile radius of Roeland Park.  Call any time, leave a message and if you can text me a photo of swarm
 Matt MannellTopeka785-217-6256Shawnee county/Topeka area only.  Swarms only.
 Mickey MayTopeka816-564-5433 or
Approximately a 70 mile radius from Topeka area.

Marlin McGowin


C: 785-433-1381

H: 785-867-2842

Call anytime.Will do swarms, some cut-outs and traps, Honey bees only.

No reconstruction or perform repairs.

 Mike McKinneyLawrence



Limited to honey bees in Jefferson and Douglas counties
 David MurphyOttawa913-526-8914Swarms only, not from voids.  30 mile radius from Ottawa.
 Paul NiebergallStillwell913-710-0428All of Johnson county, Northern Miami, and Eastern Douglas counties.  Call anytime.
 Bill PattersonLyndon785-828-3296
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.
 Myron & Rhonda RiedelWilsey

785-466-6820 or


Swarms no more than 10 ft. high. Will tear out wall voids but will not repair. Call anytime. 15 mile radius from Wilsey. No charge.
 Bruce SandersLenexa913-231-9098Swarms only.  Johnson and Douglas counties.
 Kristi SandersonOlathe913-758-4961Swarms, call any time.
 Bill SmalleyTopeka785-246-2327Swarms, 50 mile radius from Topeka, up to 25-ft. high.
 Matt SmithLawrence913-626-8060Swarm Collecting from Lawrence to Tonganoxie area.  Will consider swarms in Douglas, Jefferson, Leavenworth, and Johnson Counties.
 James & Janell StinnettWelda785-448-8282 
 Johnny Thornton
or Wayne Flewelling
Lyndon785-828-4201 or
Swarms only
 Dave WebbStilwell913-681-8600 or
C: 913-244-1011
Johnson and Miami counties or KC Metro Area
 Steven DavisGalena620-202-0232 
 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
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.

Rebekah & Aaron Houser

(Ash Creek Farms)

Fort ScottC: 620-215-5658 or 620-215-3810Swarms only; Bourbon Co. and/or within 60 miles.  Will consider other locations.  Leave text if no answer.
 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
 George RobinsonYates Center620-496-8523 

Edmon Schrader

(Bees-N-Honey LLC)


C: 316-217-5285

H: 316-854-0123

Free swarm removals, Free quotes for hive removal and repairs, some free hive removals (depending on removal difficulty).  Honey Bees only.
 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


H: 785-885-4524

C: 785-885-8185

Evenings best to call, swarms and wall voids
 Bill DriggsPhillipsburg785-533-1147Swarms within 100 miles
 Jim ElliottJamestown620-245-7774

Swarms only. Retired, call anytime.

Cloud, Republic, Mitchell, Jewell, Washington, and Clay counties.

 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
 Melvin AugustineEllis785-726-1258Swarms and hives in trees 40 miles from Ellis, KS.
 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)
 Lee BussyHillsboro816-520-8272Marion, Bulter, Harvey, Reno and parts of McPherson Counties. Will do accessible swarms.  Prefer text to number, but call is fine.  Leave a message for prompt callback.
 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.
 David CriswellWilson785-452-5507

50 mile radius.  Swarms.

Wall void removal only if NOT required to conduct building repairs due to removal.

 Rex HaySalina785-819-1858Approximately 50 miles
 Mike JensenHays785-623-4285Ellis, Rooks, Rush, and Trego Counties
 Tom JohnsonAbileneH: 785-263-7058
C: 785-577-0422
 Nick KinganSalina785-787-9530

Swarms only

 Ted LandonEllsworth785-472-4292

Swarms only, 3 mile radius.  Call after 9:00 am.

 Tom PearsonGreat Bend620-786-8760Will consider: 50 mile radius
Barton, Pawnee, Stafford, Russel, Rice, Rush Counties
Do not reconstruct or perform repairs on buildings.
 Andrew RatzlaffSolomon785-829-0951 
 Brian RowanGreat Bend620-564-2289Any swarm and structural removal will be considered. 100 mile radius preferred.  Best to call 4pm - 10pm weekdays, 8am-10pm weekends. Leave message/text, will respond ASAP.
 Norman SchmidtHillsboro620-877-7501Swarms in the Hillsboro and Wichita area.
 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.
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
 Willis CoyleWichita316-259-3957Free swarm removal within 40 miles.  No walls or cut-outs.  Call any time.
 Dale JernbergBurrton316-830-0085Harvey 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
  Randy A. King Wichita

C: 316-308-6252

30 minutes from Wichita, KS
 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.
 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.
 Lee SmithHutchinson620-899-1963 Free swarm removal.
 Tom TurnerSt. John620-546-3433Willing to collect swarms from Stafford, Reno, Barton, Kingman, Pratt, Edwards, Rice and Pawnee Counties.
 Bill VinduskaWichita316-204-7264Sedgwick & Marion counties
 Wesley WolkenWichitaH:316-260-1386

Free swarm removal, charge for hive inside a tree removal. Will do some wall removal, case by case. Free consultations.

 Charlie WoodHaysville316-218-5345Swarms only in the greater Wichita Area
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 Springs720-728-729750 Mile radius. Have bee vacuum.
 Boyd ShupeHealy620-397-2449 
 Alan StukenholtzDodge City620-408-6517 
 Daryl TiebenDodge City620-255-5818Free removal in SW Kansas, no rebuilds.

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 Extension - Swarm Catcher, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, 123 Waters Hall, 1603 Old Claflin Place, Manhattan, KS 66506. Beekeeper (Swarm Catcher) Registration Form (PDF)