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Cut-out Removal List

Beekeepers listed may be called upon to do "cut-outs"; that is, remove honey bee colonies from a building or tree.  (If you have a swarm – a loose groups of bees that is not living in structures, see our Swarm Removal List.)

Before calling, please be sure that you are dealing with honey bees and not wasps, hornets, or other types of bees. For more information, see our page on Problem and Unwanted Bees.

Once you are quite sure that you do, in fact, have honey bees, please be ready to provide the following information:

  • Location of the colony (In a tree? In a building?)
  • Accessibility of the colony
  • Do you have an idea of the size of the colony?
  • When you first noticed the colony
  • Note whether you have called anyone else about removing the colony

You may want to ask about the beekeeper's experience with cut-outs, whether post-removal repair to structures is included, and for a cost estimate. ​Cut-out services often require considerable time and effort. You can expect to pay for the time and expertise required.

Cut-Out Removal List

We would like to grow our cut-out list.  If you are an individual or business that can provide cut-out services, we would love to hear from you and get you on our list.  Please email your information to  We need at a minimum a contact name, business name (if applicable), city and county you are based in, and a contact number.

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