Here’s a list of beekeepers who conduct swarm removal in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota
Cell: (605) 695-3638
Humboldt South Dakota 57035
Honey bee swarm removal/capture within 50 miles of Humboldt/Sioux Falls area
Stratford SD 57474
Will remove bee swarms.
Worthing SD 57077
Brandon SD 57005
Free Swarm removals/Capture in the Sioux Falls, Brandon, Garretson, Baltic and Dells Area. Soutwest Mn, N.W. Iowa also. Will also consider extractions.
Cell: (605) 270-2323
Madison SD 57042
Will capture free swarms within 50 miles of Madison in counties of Lake, Moody, Brookings, Kingsbury, Miner, McCook at no charge. Will also consider removal of established swarms in walls, attics, trees, etc. but depending on location and difficulty of extraction, I may require a fee.
Valley Springs SD 57068
I will capture swarms within 50 miles of Sioux Falls. I have honey, wax, and on occasion bees/nucs available. I will also do help beginning beekeepers within 25 miles of Sioux Falls for a small fee plus mileage.
Harrisburg SD 57032
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 South Dakota honey. Although South Dakota 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 South Dakota beekeepers near you, try looking on pages for neighboring states, or check South Dakota beekeeping groups or clubs. You could also try contacting the South Dakota department of agriculture. If all else fails you could try contacting South Dakota pest control companies or South Dakota exterminators.
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