This page is information and resources for swarms and cutouts. Here you will find definitions of a swarm and of a cutout, and you will find a list of people that do one or the other, or both.
SWARM – A swarm is normally seen when a hive has become too crowded and so the current queen and half of the hive will leave the current hive and go off on a search for a hive of their own. Most of the time a Swarm is found on a tree, or fence, or side of a house, or really almost anywhere, including spread out on a driveway or yard if that is where they land. They are normally VERY docile in this state as they have no hive, brood (babies), or honey stores to protect. They do however look a little scary as there is a lot of bees balled up and usually a lot of scouts flying around looking for their new home. Any given beekeeper may or may not charge for a swarm removal, but all of them prefer pictures of the swarm if possible to confirm it is actually a swarm of bees and not something else.
Cutout – A cutout is when one of those swarms has found what it believes to its new home. This can be in the wall of a home, an abandoned refrigerator, an old tire, an attic, a barn, or anywhere else that the bees find a suitable area where they can build comb. A beekeeper often will need to remove material to get to the hive and remove bees and comb from the space. Depending on the space they have moved into, this may entail removing siding from a house, or drywall inside a house, etc. This is a very involved process and takes up a good portion of time on the beekeeper as well and in many cases specialized equipment. Most beekeeper that do cutouts do charge for this service, as it is a service and is not an easy job a vast majority of the time. See the notes below for why you should not just try to kill the bees.
If you call more than one person on this list, TELL THEM SO. Please don’t call several people if someone has agreed to handle a situation. You are wasting people’s time, gas, and money. If you’re shopping for a less expensive cutout, fine, but BE HONEST, tell the beekeeper what you’re doing.
NOTE: Some folks when hearing that beekeepers charge for doing cutouts go back to the standby of, “Well I will just pay someone to come out and kill the bees”. A pest control specialist can indeed come out to your house and exterminate the bees in your house. What they usually do not do is remove the comb, honey, and other materials that are left behind. Honey left in walls after an extermination is no longer protected by the colony. When that happens the honey and wax is not being kept cooled and thus can leave you with honey contaminated with pesticide running down an internal wall, and you often will get things like: Mold, ants, roaches, mice, and other pests that will smell the honey and start infesting the old colony location. You can even have another colony move into that space. Then you will still need to call a beekeeper or someone else familiar with what to do in this situation.
|Apiary||Contact Name||Telephone Number||Hours Available||Area covered||Swarms (under 6' high)||Swarms (over 6' high)||Cutouts (under 10' high)||Cutouts (over 10' high)||Comments|
|40 Pure Apiary and Honey Bee Services||Doug Schwarz|
|405-413-0274||Okcdasphoto@gmail.com||Oklahoma County, Canadian County, Kingfisher County, Logan County, Lincoln County, Pottawatomie County, Cleveland County||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes||Yes|
|Silver Honeybees||Jay Silverfirstname.lastname@example.org|
But text me with a photo if you've got a swarm!
|7 am - 10 pm||Oklahoma County, Canadian County, N Cleveland County, N Grady County||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||No||No||Please send pictures if possible.|
|Robin Morganemail@example.com||E Oklahoma County and counties east of Metro||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ma Petite Abeille||Suzanne Govett||405-641-4060||MaPetiteAbeille@yahoo.com||Oklahoma County, Logan County||Yes||Yes|
|Caroline Baker||405-924-8010||Text to phone||Oklahoma County, Cleveland County||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Bullfrog Creek Apiaries||Forest Chapman||405-206-3517||45ACPSlinger@gmail.com||Oklahoma County||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes||Yes||Fee may apply for cutouts|
|Phil Youngfirstname.lastname@example.org||Oklahoma City, Edmond, Piedmont, Yukon, Surrey Hills, El Reno, Mustang||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes||Yes|
|J Dimond Wallace||724-487-0273||Dimond3@gmail.com||Oklahoma City Metro Area||Yes (Free) Not too high off ground||Yes (Free) Not too high off ground||No||No|
Action Bee Removal
|Wendell Scottemail@example.com||All||All||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bees for Sale
Insured & Certified
Facebook: Action Beekeeping and Dryer Vent Cleaning
|Oklahoma Wildlife Solutions LLC||TJ Normanfirstname.lastname@example.org||Oklahoma City Metro||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bees and any other wildlife, including other stinging insects.
Price determined onsite.
|Blue Eagle Bees||Dimond Wallace||724-487-0273||Dimond3@gmail.com||After 5 pm||Oklahoma City Metro||Yes||Yes (to 10')||No||No|
|Tinkerbell Bees||Teresa Bellemail@example.com||Oklahoma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Four Counties||Phillip Rosier||405-830-0650||PhillipNRosier@gmail.com||8 am - 8 pm||NW Oklahoma County||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Dan Trotter||405-833-6437||HeHoo2014@yahoo.com||8 am - 10 pm||N Oklahoma City, Edmond, Guthrie, Logan County||Yes||Yes|
|Rod Weeksfirstname.lastname@example.org||All||Oklahoma County||Yes||Yes|
|Tom Hallemail@example.com||All||NW Oklahoma City to Kingfisher||Yes||Yes|
|Glenn Haringfirstname.lastname@example.org||Most||Moore, Norman||Yes||Yes|
|Mike Rosseremail@example.com||Most||Oklahoma City, Edmond||Yes||Yes|
|Hunter Wadefirstname.lastname@example.org||All||Duncan, Oklahoma City, Stillwater||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Buzzin' Bee Honey Ranch||Brandy Burns||405-974-9502||QueenB@BuzzinBeeMall.com||All||Yukon, Mustang, Oklahoma City||Yes|
|Buzzin' Bee Honey Ranch||Michael Burns||405-974-9500||QueenB@BuzzinBeeMall.com||All||Yukon, Mustang, Oklahoma City||Yes||Yes|
|Blake Brownemail@example.com||All||Edmond, S Logan County||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)|
|Asher Honeybees||John & Lynette Sharpley||501-547-0170|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||All||Central and Southern Oklahoma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Insured, including commercial.
Also remove wasps
|Jim Rundle||405-990-2118||JimRundle@hotmail.com||All||Logan County, N Oklahoma County||Yes||Yes|
|Red Hill Honey||Mike Nichols||405-255-8416|
|email@example.com||Caddo, Grady,Kiowa,North Comanche, Western Canadian Counties||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Shelly Mass/Brooksfirstname.lastname@example.org||M-F 3-7, S-S 7-7||E Oklahoma County, Pottawatomie County, E Cleveland County||Yes||Maybe||Maybe, with assistance||No|
|Texoma Heritage Farm||Carey Nelsonemail@example.com||Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, Bryan, Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall, Murray counties||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes||Yes|
|Texoma Heritage Farm||Rhonda McCracken-Nelson||405-595-7005||McCrackenOnline@att.net||Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma, Bryan, Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall, Murray counties||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes||Yes|
|Native Meadows Beekeeping||Aaron Cowanfirstname.lastname@example.org||All||All areas||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes||Yes||Please send pictures if possible.|
|Cathy Hinsonemail@example.com||All||NE Oklahoma County||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||No||No||Please text picture to phone if possible.|
|Barbara James||405-201-2715||All||McClain, Grady, Cleveland Counties||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes (Some Free)||No||Text or call|
|The Healthy Homestead||Chuck Wardfirstname.lastname@example.org||Most||Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian Counties||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes||Yes||Please send pictures|
|Red Dirt Apiary||Mike Forbesemail@example.com||All||Cleveland, Oklahoma, Canadian counties||Yes||Depends||No||No||Send pictures if possible.|
Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association does not endorse any particular service provider nor do we control their methods and business practices. We provide this information for the general public only as a list of COBA members that do provide these services. COBA does not train beekeepers to perform cutouts.