Bee Removal

Honeybee swarm  clustered on a branch
Have you got a swarm of bees or bees in a building? Here's a list of beekeepers in the area who are willing to take them off your hands. 

Jeanne Davis  802-823-7955 (home)
Jacob Esh   802-447-0198 (work)  802-442-3418 (home)
John Letourneau  802-753-5773 (home)
Brian McKay, Cambridge NY, 518-677-8670 (home)
Kevin Robinson 518-686-8286 (home)
Jim O'Clair Pittstown/Hoosick/Brunswick 518-892-5666
Amy Musante (Eastern MA/Pownal) 413-770-3321 (cell)

Things to know about swarms:
  • a swarm of honeybees will not attack you.
  • swarming is how one hive of honeybees becomes two hives.
  • a swarm typically will cluster in a tree for a few hours to a day or so while it searches for a permanent home.
  • the most common months for swarming are May through July.
  • please don't kill them, honeybees pollinate 30% of our food
Honeybees sometimes choose to build a hive in hollow space in a wall or attic. Here are some things to know about removing honeybees from a home or building:
  • Don't simply spray the bees, doing so may get rid of the bees, but you will still have honey and beeswax in the space. Honey and beeswax will attract mice and a variety of bugs.
  • Beekeepers will remove the hive for a small fee, or if they are easy to get to, for free.
  • Hive removal often involves some minor demolition to get to the bees.
  • The property owner is generally responsible for making the necessary repairs.
  • If a hive is in a building in the fall or winter, it often is best to wait until spring (April) to remove the bees.

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