SouthWestern Ohio Beekeepers Association SWOBA
Beekeeping in the tri - States area, Cincinnati and surrounding states and counties

Beekeeping in the tri-States area Cincinnati and the surrounding counties and States

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
 Yaser Almusawy
 yaser.almusawy (AT) G - mail.com
Greater Cincinnati Area
 Steve Holter 
  513-608-7761 [email protected] 
Greater Cincinnati - Eastgate Greater 
 

Kevin Kress

513-608-7550 
Butler & N.W Hamilton counties
 
Chris Neumann
[email protected] 
850-501-5406
Cincinnati -  Hyde Park
 
 Robert Pessler
 513-471-9699
 West Side
 
Mary Schilling
Greater Cincinnati - East Side
 
Walt Weldon
513-681-5274
Finneytown/ Hamilton County
 
Ray Babcock
513-295-7010 
Wyoming and Greater Cincinnati
 
Wilson Rosebraugh
513-205-1803
Anderson-Blue Ash
 
Jennie Russell
513-674-8393
Greater Cincinnati
 
Joe and Eileen Hahn
513-310-2713
Lebanon/Warren Co
 
 Phill Hucke
  (513) 200-9049 
 Greater Cincinnati
  Yes (house and tree)
 Andrew Van Bargen
513-467-8208
 Greater Cincinnati
  Yes
 

 

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Bees in walls


Are they honey bees?


Who to call for help


Swarm pictures