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Know the difference between a Swarm and a Cut Out

Swarming is the natural way that bees will propagate new hives in the wild. When you see a swarm of bees in flight they are either looking for a spot to land to plan the search for their new home, or they are flying to their new home. Typically they will land on some object nearby like a branch of a tree, sign or a fence post. They will of course land anywhere they think is good to do the planning. It is in this planning and searching phase that the beekeeper has the best opportunity to collect them.

This is a swarm

Tree Branch

Tree Branch

Fence

Fence

Bee Hive

Bee Hive

The primary diffence between a swarm and a cut out is the bees are established in their new home when they are a cut out. A cut out could be any hollow tree or building that they have deemed suitable for living space. Once they are in a structure like a home removal is always destructive and can be very difficult. In addition to a Beekeeper who can remove the bees you will also need a qualified contractor who can repair the home.

These are cut out situations

Old Barn

Old Barn

House

House

Tree Trunk

Tree trunk

When calling your local Beekeeper please include as much information as possible. This will help them ensure they are properly prepaired for collection.

2021 Swarm List

Name Phone Location Coverage Area
Joshua Hunter
Bee Fit Apiary
330-708-1377
330-932-0575
West Point Columbiana County
Mike McKim 330-303-3063 East Palestine Unity, East Palestine, Negley
Lori Mowad 330-770-2937 Poland, Struthers, New Middletown
Don Kovach 330-272-3711 Youngstown Youngstown, Canfield, Poland,
Jackson, Austintown, Boardman
Susan Nutter 330-692-2447 Lisbon Columbiana, Mahoning, Stark Counties
David Shoaff
Trolley Line Bee Ranch
330-416-0995 Leetonia Leetonia, Lisbon, Salem,
Columbiana
George Stacy 330-360-8717
330-360-7580
Columbiana Columbiana, Mahoning Counties
Paul Pinto 330-233-0923 Canfield Canfield
Barb Santini 330-424-1242
330-831-2927
Lisbon
East Liverpool
Lisbon
East Liverpool
Travis Watson 330-779-1460 Canfield Columbiana, Mahoning Counties
Don Duda 330-503-6723 Berlin Center Western Mahoning County
Tim Cassidy 330-540-3211 Boardman Mahoning County
Bob (the Bee Man) Chmelik 330-799-6279 Austintown Columbiana, Mahoning Counties
Chuck Laird 330-646-9546 Mineral Ridge Mahoning, Trumbull Counties
Floyd Marshall 330-821-0563 Alliance Stark, Columbiana, Mahoning Counties
Larry Novak 330-720-2364 Coitsville/Lowellville Mahoning,Trumbull and Columbiana Counties
Steve Mondak 330-921-8690 Rogers Columbiana, Mahoning Counties
Chris Blair 330-482-2391 Northern Columbiana, Southern Mahoning Counties
Paul, Sonia Temelkoff 330-519-8975 Youngstown, Vienna, Hubbard,
Brookfield, Campbell, Struthers, Liberty
Bruce Deafenbaugh 330-457-0326
330-550-8380
New Waterford Unity Twp, East Palestine, New Springfield

Is that a Honey Bee or a Yellow Jacket

We get calls every year from individuals who believe they have a swarm of honey bees but they are actually yellow jackts. The primary visual difference is Honey Bees have an abundance of hair and Yellow Jackets have very little. The Yellow Jackets body is smooth with the exception of small amounts of hair on their heads. Honey Bees are vegetarian and only eat nectar and pollen. Yellow Jackets are carnivorous and eat meat and sweet liquids. Yellow Jackets not Bees show up at the family picnic to feast.

Honey Bee

European Honey Bee

Honey Bee