Here’s a list of beekeepers who conduct swarm removal in Iowa. These are the people to call if you think you have a problem. They should be able to tell you whether you really have a problem, and what the options are.
Not all people will offer the same types of services, be prepared to pay for their work, these are specialized procedures requiring a great deal of skill and experience.
Bees-on-the-Net is not responsible for their services.
Swarm Removal List for Iowa
Bellevue Iowa 52031
Easy to reach swarms are free. Will need to discuss our options if the colony is established within a structure.
Maquoketa Iowa 52060
Free swarm removal within 35 miles of Maquoketa. May travel farther for gas money.
Company The Outyard Apiaries
Richland Iowa 52585
Removal services; Cut outs, trap outs and swarm removals. Please see removal services at http://outyard.weebly.com/removal-services.html
West Union Iowa 52175
Will remove bee swarms from trees or shrubs
Company Foley’s Russian Bees
Des Moines Iowa 50320
We are a beebreeding company on the south side of Des Moines. We offer queens, nucs, packages, and beekeeping equipment. We also provide help with your beekeeping questions and needs, and provide swarm removal services.
Wild Prairie Gardens
Middletown IA 52638
Will relocate swarms,for fuel expense.
Can trap-out or remove bees that have set-up home in walls, trees etc for a fee depending on difficulty.
Generally within a 60 miles radius of 52638.
Des Moines IA 50317
Remove honey bee that have swarmed and in your trees and bushes or wherever
Bedford Iowa 50833
Free swarm removal outside. Estimates given for buildings. Southwest Iowa and surrounding areas.
Fairfax Iowa 52228
Honeybee swarm removal, free if not in or attached to a building. Estimates if bees are living in a building. Cedar Rapids Iowa City Corrador
Briar Farm Beekeeping
Iowa City Iowa 52240
Swarm and Honey Bee colony removal. Iowa City and surrounding area. Difficulty will determine the cost. Easy will be Free!
Ames Iowa 50010
Honey bee removal in the Ames area
Creston IA 50801
Honey bee removal, honey for sale and soon, bees wax, candles, etc….. areas of SW Iowa, Creston, Afton, Winterset, Corning and surrounding areas.
Central City IA 52214
Swarm removal & established colony removal. Eastern & Central Iowa
637 S. Meadow Drive
Sioux Center, Iowa 51250
Catch swarms in Osceola Iowa area. It is about 50 miles south of Des Moines.
South Central Iowa
Dave & Mary Lou Cook
Catching swarms in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area.
Cedar Rapids IA 52404
Located in the Quad Cities area of IL and IA
Try to give the beekeeper as much information as you can about the location of the swarm, height above the ground, length of time they have been there and whether there are any special circumstances you think might be relevant.
People are often concerned that bee swarms they see may be Africanized bees, the so called killer bees. When bees swarm it’s very difficult to tell their origin, even Africanized bees are usually docile when they are swarming, be cautious and call an expert.
Many people believe that local honey is beneficial for allergies. While I’m not sure there is any clinical proof of this, I can see there might some sort of homeopathic effect.
Finding true local honey, which incidentally is delicious, can sometimes be difficult but contacting people on this list might be a good place to start if you’re looking for pure Iowa honey. Although Iowa bees are basically the same as bees in any other states, the honey they make will be determined by the local plants. The flavor of the honey is usually a combination of nectar from many different plants
Please tell the beekeeper when you call, that you found them on the Bees-on-the-Net Swarm List.
To be added to the swarm removal page for your state please go here and complete the form.
If there appear to be no Iowa beekeepers near you, try looking on pages for neighboring states, or check Iowa beekeeping groups or clubs. You could also try contacting the Iowa department of agriculture. If all else fails you could try contacting Iowa pest control companies or Iowa exterminators.
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