Swarm Control and Removal
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Sunday, 27 January 2008 14:46

Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and Inland Northwest Swarm Control, Remediation and Removal Information

Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find a beekeeper to remove a swarm of honeybees.  Or, call the Spokane Master Gardeners at the County Extension office (509) 477-2048 to report the swarm.

If you find a swarm (nest, ball, or bunch) of honeybees on or near your property, don't panic.  And please DO NOT grab the can of RAID® or call an exterminator. Swarming bees are not aggressive and the following beekeepers have volunteered themselves to remove and assist with controling swarms in an around Spokane, eastern Washington, Coeur d'Alene, and north Idaho.

Use the Contact Page so that we can find a beekeeper in your area, or contact one of the beekeepers listed below.

How do I know if it is a honeybee swarm?

Honeybee swarms are easy to identify. For one, there won't be a hive of any type, just a large mass of bees clinging to an object. Also, a honeybee is different from a wasp and yellowjacket as identified by the pictures here:

 

Honeybee, Wasp, Yellowjacket Comparison
Comparison between a Honeybee, Wasp, and Yellowjacket

 

If you are looking for a local beekeeper to assist you with swarm removal, the following persons have volunteered to remove swarms from around the region.  Call or e-mail one of these members to help you with the problem and put these irreplaceable workers back into a safe and productive environment:

NameMail Phone NumberArea
Roger Carney

(509)701-9228 (cell)
(509)448-0417

Spokane, WA, South Hill, and Surrounding Area
Bill Watts This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)998-1261 Spokane, WA
Joan Nolan
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)924-3652
(509)951-6512
Spokane, WA
Scott Ingles
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)838-7996 Spokane, WA
Dale Edwards
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)468-4892 Spokane, WA - West Side
Duane Eshelman
(509)466-5376 Spokane, WA
Dave Bearden This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)981-3599 Spokane Valley, WA
Ted Swenson (509)238-6489 Elk, Chattaroy,  Colbert - Washington
Bob Arnold This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)276-2399 Deer Park, WA
Gayle Engle (509)448-9376 Spangle, Washington
Will Olson
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)850-6024 Spokane and Stevens Counties
Scott Weston
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (208)773-9420
(208)691-9900
Coeur d'Alene. North Idaho
Rick Dial This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (208)777-4432 Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County
Harry Smits This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)238.4118 GreenBluff, Colbert
Don Story This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509)238-3173(home) (509)354-5596(work) GreenBluff, Mead, Colbert
Gary Wheaton This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(360)273-7462 Rochester, WA
Kristen Silva
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509) 235-2225 Cheney, West Plains, Medical Lake,  Spokane South
Karl Crotty This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(509) 230-9381
Suncrest, Nine Mile Falls, Whitworth area
Dean Caruso This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Kennewick, Tri-Cities Area, WA
Josh Volmer
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509) 591-2813 Tri-Cities Area
Chris Kilmer
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509) 544-9523 Richland, Tri-Cities Area, Burbank, WA
Scott Conley This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (509) 308-7583

Tri-Cities Area

Daryl Moss This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (360) 221-8489
(360) 310-0586
Seattle area including Whidbey and Camano Island
Treasure Valley Beekeepers Association idabees.org

Boise Idaho Area

What does a swarm of honeybees look like?

Unlike a paperwasp nest or hornet nest, a honey bee swarm is just a grouping of bees that take shelter on a tree branch, under an eve, in a bush, or in some other, usually protected, place.  They will remain at that location until the scout bees find a suitable home for the colony.  Some folks don't know that the ball of bees is a swarm, and may think that it is a honeybee nest or honey bee ball hanging on a branch.  If it looks similar to the honeybees below, then it is a swarm.  And there is always a beekeeper who would love to help you remove it.

 

Honey Bee Swarm on tree branch
Swarm on tree branch

 

For more information on bee swarms, go the the swarm FAQ pages , or click on one of the following links:

How do I distinguish a honeybee nest from other nests?

How do I identify a honeybee?

Why do honeybees swarm, and what do I do if I see one?

If my neighbor's hive swarms, are my children in danger?

To have your name added to the list, send your contact information including name, phone number and area through the contact form or email a request to be placed on the IEBA Swarm Control List.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 11:27
 
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