Swarm & Hive Removal

E-mail KBA Swarm Team KBA-Swarm-Call@googlegroups.com    By emailing our swarm team a message is sent to individual KBA club beekeepers who are experienced in honey bee removal. Please include your name, address, phone number, description and picture of insects. Response times are typically less than 30 minutes.
Before contacting us please confirm what you have are honey bees using the pictures and guides below.  We receive many non-honey bee calls that we cannot remove.

Click here for guide to identify your “bee”.

Common Bee Wasp Hornet Identification

Consult this Guide before contacting us: Bee, Wasp, & Hornet Identification Guide

Reproductive Swarms
Have you found a swarm of bees on your property and don’t know what to do? First of all, don’t panic. A swarm of bees hanging in a cluster will do you no harm. Swarms are not aggressive because they have no hive (comb with brood) to defend at this time.  Swarms occur almost anywhere and are meeting & resting sites while the bees migrate to their new home. Swarms may stay on a swarming site for as little as 15 minutes or for several days or more. So when you see a swarm, keep in mind that they will not be on that site permanently. Swarms occur most often in mid to late Spring (May-June), less frequent in summer, ending in October. Please don’t call an exterminator or a pest control service!  They will only kill the bees to rid them. A KBA beekeeper will be more than happy to remove swarm free of charge. Simply click the email button above.

Feral Bee Hive Removal (Cut-outs & Trap-outs)

If a swarm of bees has established a home of comb in an unwanted location, such as inside a tree on your property, inside a structure’s chimney, or within the walls or eaves of your home, the bees can be removed in a process called trapping or cut-out removal. Please be advised that removing bees in this manner can involve dis-assembling parts of your home or building. Make sure you have a clear understanding with your beekeeper about the complete process and who will be responsible for what will happen from beginning to end of the entire project. A fee is usually paid to the beekeeper for this type of removal because of the amount of time and labor involved. We do not recommended spraying hives in buildings or homes with insecticide; not only are beneficial pollinators killed, but the honey, wax and dead bees will remain in the wall and attract all-kinds of bugs and rodents including mice, roaches, moths, beetles and yellow-jackets. The best course is to remove the hive in its entirety.

KBA Swarm & Hive Removal Team

Email our entire team at once via KBA-Swarm-Call@googlegroups.com

Swarm and Hive Removal 2018 Team Members

(Honey Bee, Apis Millifera Only)

Below are KBA team members and the part of town for which they reside or work.  Contact the closest team member to the location of the swarm/hive, preferably by text or call and with pictures and information.  Catching swarms is time-sensitive.  Some members will do tree cut-outs and other hive removal work.  Please ask.  If they are unable to do so, they can suggest someone who may be able to remove.

  • Zip codes 40205, 40206, 47150 (Highlands and surrounding areas or New Albany, IN)
    • Lara (502) 500-1300
  • Zip code 40206 (Crescent Hill)
    • Cabrina (502) 262-5941
  • Zip code 40207 (St. Matthews)
    • Mary (502) 897-0616
  • Zip code 40241 (Creekside, East End)
    • Betsy (502) 767-7177
    • David (502) 475-0846
  • Zip code 40216 (Shively, PRP)
    • Ronald (502) 368-5639
  • Zip code 40214 (Iroquois)
  • Zip code 40229 (Hillview)
  • Zip code 40165 (Shepherdsville, KY)
    • Leonard (502) 387-9010
    • Helen (502) 215-4366
  • Zip code 40065 (Shelbyville, KY)
    • Dan (502) 432-6494
Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets, Bumble Bees, Carpenter Bees

Mark True  502-231-4646 E-mail
I am a self employed professional company that specializes in stinging insect control and/or removal, I am insured and licensed in Kentucky. knowledgeable, experienced, equipped. In business 15 years. Bees are my business.

The Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association (KBA) helps connect honey bee related requests with member beekeepers as a volunteer service to the community. The KBA makes no claims to the level of experience or skill that a member beekeeper may have in either swarm rescue or colony removal. It is the responsibility of the person requesting service, and the member beekeeper, to determine what service will be provided, if it is pro bono (free) or if the member beekeeper charges a fee