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 these services.
Beekeepers List for Iowa
Cell: (402) 510-2968
Council Bluffs IA 51503
Bee Removal, Free, Council Bluffs IA, Omaha Ne.
Cell: (208) 965-7888
Milford IA 51351
Bee swarm removal free of charge. Will do some hive cutouts from buildings depending on complexity. Dickinson, Clay and surrounding counties.
Vinton IA 52349
Removal and relocation of various types of bees.
Cell: (515) 205-6426
Des Moines IA 50310
Swarm removal at no charge in the Des Moines metro area.
Cell: (712) 830-3190
Marshalltown IA 50158
Cell: (641) 220-3874
Charles City IA 50616
Remove swarms and do cut outs from buildings.
Cell: (319) 350-4119
Marengo IA 52301
Bee removal from buildings and swarm removal.
Cell: (319) 721-3493
Cedar Rapids, Marion IA 52302
Humane live bee removal.
Cell: (319) 929-1141
Phone: (319) 227-2001
Norway IA 52318
Honey Bee swarm removal.
Cell: (515) 249-2830
Phone: (641) 220-0205
New Hampton IA 50659
Swarm removal from trees and shrubs, under eaves, picnic tables etc.
Cell: (319) 850-6559
Danville IA 52623
Free honey bee swarm removal within 30 mile radius of Burlington Iowa.
Cell: (641) 455-4445
Fairfield IA 52585
Environmental consulting for native bees and pollinators. Bee Sanctuaries, custom hive built for specific environmental needs. Specialist in whole hive removal in the most difficult and dangerous locations. Workshops, classes on the holistic methodologies to be work with Natural Law rather than being a traditional beekeeper.
Cell: (605) 214-3426
Larchwood IA 51241
I’m a carpenter who removes honey bees.
Cell: (319) 400-9356
Phone: (319) 648-2330
Riverside IA 52327
Simple swarm removals (trees, bushes, possibly simple cutouts in buildings) in Washington, Louisa and Johnson Counties.
Cedar Falls IA 50613
Swarm removal. Outside free. Buildings and Trees at Cost plus.
Sioux Center IA 51250
Removal of Swarms not in buildings or over 20′ up in a tree or other object.
Becvar’s Honey Farm
Waukee IA 50263
Humane swarm capture, Hive removal from objects and dwellings. I relocate not eradicate the bees. Please call or if you email make sure you send me the valuable information so I can return the contact. A person to person call would be very helpful.
Cell: (402) 551-0154
Crescent Hills Honey Co.
Crescent Iowa 51526
We will happily remove large cluster balls of honey bees that may gather in a suspended mass attached to tree limbs; bushes; shrubs, or clinging to outside surface areas of any type. We offer ( Free ) 24/7 service within a 25 mile radius of Crescent, Iowa. We do not offer this service for honey bee removal from any type interiors. e.g. buildings/hollow trees etc. We look forward to being of service to you. Thank you for your consideration. Sue
West Des Moines IA 50265
Swarm relocation, simple cut-outs of established colonies.
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
Cell: (641) 202-1240
Cedar Rapids IA 52403
Honey bee removal, swarm removal, mentoring.
Central City IA 52214
Swarm removal & established colony removal. Eastern & Central Iowa
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.
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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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