SouthWestern Ohio Beekeepers Association
Beekeeping in Cincinnati and surrounding counties

Beekeeping in Cincinnati and surrounding counties

IF YOU HAVE A SWARM.....DO NOT SPRAY IT!!!...CALL ONE OF US

Are they Honeybees?

Typically, swarms occur in May in this area. The swarm is the honeybee colony reproducing itself. An undetermined percentage of the bees and the old queen leave to swarm. A good swarm will be about 5,000-20,000 bees. If the air is filled with a cloud of flying bees, it is a swarm. A swarm will usually settle on a tree branch or bush, lost bees will join it. It builds up to about a soccer ball shaped and sized mass, depending on honeybee numbers and surrounding geometry. It is waiting, sending out bees to "scout out" a permanent  home.

      

If you have a SWARM, (large mass of honeybees) hanging from a tree, bush or side of a building, in your yard or on your property please refer to our swarm list below. We have experienced beekeepers you can call to remove the swarm. Swarms are normally very docile and are simply looking for a new open cavity to colonize.  You should call a beekeeper as soon as possible. This way we can remove them before they "scout out" a permanent location in someone's house, garage, etc.


Please call us BEFORE spraying honeybees with anything, even a garden hose. Doing this could destroy the queen and make swarm removal more difficult. Swarms without queens are of little value to the beekeeper and nearly always perish.


Don't be fooled by ground nesting hornets or miner bees commonly known as yellow jackets.  These are not honeybees! They commonly attend outdoor functions like picnics for food and a source of sugars. They also build nests inside man-made structures.  They can be removed by some beekeepers, or unlike honeybees can be sprayed by an exterminator.


BEES IN WALLS AND FLOORS: If you have an established colony of honeybees in your house or some other structure, there are a few beekeepers who can remove them. The job is not easy. Structural building material is removed during the process. When calling someone on our list, please be sure to give them as much detail as possible about the location of the colony in the house or structure. If you have sprayed the honeybees with insect killer prior to calling a beekeeper, don’t be surprised by the beekeepers reluctance to help. Beekeepers do not want poisoned honeybees. You should also be sure you have honeybees, and not yellow jackets. Many people get these two VERY different insects mixed up. See below for pictures. Some people manage to live happily with honeybees in their walls for years.


BEES IN HOLLOW TREES: If you have an established colony of Honeybees in the hollow of a tree, consider yourself fortunate.  Feral Honeybee colonies inhabited many hollow trees prior to the mass Honeybee losses in the 1980s . Their recent re-inhabitation of these locations seems to throw a panic into the public. Left undisturbed they normally pose no threat. They are beneficial in the pollination of the plants wildlife depends on. Many people manage to live happily with honeybees in hollow trees near their house for years.  Removal of Honeybees from the hollow of trees without the removal of the tree is a difficult long process. This trapping process can provoke more defensive behavior from the colony being removed. If you have a tree that requires removal and is inhabited by bees, please call one of the beekeepers on the list below before starting the tree removal to talk about the possible options for relocation of the Honeybees.

   

Honeybee


   

Eastern Yellow Jacket

We get many calls for "honeybees living in the ground". Honeybees never, ever live in the ground, they live mainly in trees, under your eaves, even in your walls or attic. Honeybees are fuzzy and actually more orange or gold in color, wasps are not fuzzy and yellow. These wasps can sting repeatedly, they will come out of the ground if you are mowing or walk over the hive, it takes very little to provoke them, and that is what makes them dangerous. A honeybee will almost never sting unless provoked or protecting the hive.

 Call your local exterminator or Google "how to get rid of Yellow Jackets"

 

SWARM/HIVE HELP


Depending on the distance traveled and/or the complexity of the situation, there may be a charge to help you with your bee problem. Be sure to fully understand what is involved with the removal of bees including any charges. Ask questions.


SWOBA lists these people as a convenience for you. We do not endorse any person on the list or guarantee their performance.

 Name
Contact
 Area
 Can remove bees from houses?

Mark Castator

513-675-0024
East Side
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Steve Holter

513-608-7761 [email protected]
Greater Cincinnati - Eastgate

Chad Everett

513-532-4771 [email protected]
Warren County, Mast, West  Chester, Lebanon
 

Kevin Kress

513-608-7550 
Butler & N.W Hamilton counties
 

Robert Malinzak

513-553-1718 
Hamilton/Clermont Counties
 

Richard & Jennifer Stoll

513-251-5542 
West Side Cincy
 

Robert Mohat

513-984-5864
513-984-5864 
Sycamore Township
 

Michael Niemeyer

513-846-3561
East Dearborn & West Hamilton Counties
 

Tony Poe

513-734-0169(H)
513-965-1116(C)
southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky
 

Bert Seiller

513-825-6679
513-206-6920 

Greater Cincinnati
  Yes
Richard Stewart
513-967-1106
Central and West side Cincinnati
 
Walt Weldon
513-681-5274
Finneytown/ Hamilton County
 
John Roos
513-231-1027 
East Side, SW Clermont
 
 Chris Gutjahr
513-406-6266 
Greater Cincinnati
 
Ray Babcock
513-295-7010 
Wyoming and Greater Cincinnati
 
Merrill Fromer
513-933-9904
Warren Co.
Yes
 Andrew Kartal
513-382-8246
Greater Cincinnati
Yes
Tony Williamitis
513-520-3077
Greater Cincinnati
 
Will Johnson
513-520-3077
Brown and Clermont Counties
 
Wilson Rosebraugh
513-205-1803
Anderson-Blue Ash
 
Scott Bruno
513-373-5657
West Side Cincinnati
 
Robert Pauley
513-724-0346
513-831-9200
Greater Cincinnati
 
 Mick Hahn
513-356-9891
Greater Cincinnati
Yes
Keith Vogelsang
513-910-9976
Greater Cincinnati
Yes
Rick Rowland
513-753-1195
Clermont
 
Tim Roussos
513-604-3100
Mason area only
 
Amanda Egloff
937-902-9637
Montgomery, Greene
 
Marty Geisen
513-484-1333
Dearborn and Hamilton County  
 
Jennie Russell
513-674-8393
Greater Cincinnati
 
Lynn Mills
513-218-0655
Any
 
Crissy Moses
513-477-4717
SW Ohio/SE Indiana
 
Brian Oaks
513-300-0634
Harrison, Ohio and   Franklin Co. Indiana
 
Martin Mueller
740-591-1365
Eastgate area
 
Joe and Eileen Hahn
513-310-2713
Lebanon/Warren Co
 
Dan Leisgang
513-886-4868
Greater Cincinnati, 
N. Ky. & S.E. Indiana
 
Harry Burnsworth
724-714-1598 
Heath and Springfield area
 
Debbie Moll
404-580-3133
Gtr Cincy/N KY
 
Maria Schade
513-382-3688 
Gtr Cincy/N KY
 
Douglas Byrd
513-535-9182
Greater Cincinnati
Yes
Tom Habig
513-752-680 
East Gate area
 
Andy Schindler
513-378-2760
SW OHIO/ SE Indiana
 
Willie Medina
513-919-4378
Greater Cincinnati
Yes
 Phill Hucke
  (513) 200-9049 
 Greater Cincinnati
  Yes (house and tree)
 Andrew Van Bargen
513-467-8208
 Greater Cincinnati
  Yes
 Keith Mealy
 513-300-9559
  Warren/ W Clinton/ NE Hamilton Counties
 
 

 

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Bees in walls


Are they honey bees?


Who to call for help


Swarm pictures