Bjorn Apiaries

We remove swarms of honey bees and do colony extractions from buildings in Pennsylvania.

When experience and professionalism matters.

For honey bee and

stinging insect

 identification please click HERE

Honey Bee and Venomous Insect

Removal Service.

Swarm Removal

Honey bee swarms are bees that are hanging from a tree branch or other item, as seen in the picture. Swarm removals are normally easy as long as the bees are accessible. Cost is minimal, usually less than $100

Colony Extraction

Involves removing honeybees that have taken up residence inside  homes wall or other structure. Extraction is the only way to effectively remove the bees, stopping further damage to your home.

Many people who want to stop bees from accessing their home, spray the entry point, then plug the area, not realizing the possible damage for years to come. Honey bee colonies can reach numbers as high as 60,00 bees. Bees can also pack away hundreds of pounds of honey inside building walls. To simply spray the hole and plug it up means there will be thousands of rotting bees inside the wall. And the honey inside will attract ants, termites, and other insects for years to come. Leaving you with potentially devastating damage to your homes foundation and interior structure.


Extraction may require a removal of part of the wall to properly remove the bees. And the time involved to do the job correctly could last many hours. Colony extraction many times cost a minimum of $300.  Price increases from there depending on travel, time, and difficulty of the job. We will work with the homeowner to minimize and structural damage removing the bees. But any repair work afterwards beyond simple tasks, may require the homeowner to call a handyman or contractor.

2012 What was thought to be yellow jackets, turned out to be European Hornets. They built a nest in the attic of a residential home. This was a massive nest to remove.
The typical swarm of bees.

Swarms are honey bees in search of a new home. They normally do not present a danger to the public. But a beekeeper should be called as soon as possible. Once they go into a home or another building, the removal process is much more difficult.

An unwanted pest homeowners face....the Bald Faced Hornet!
A bald faced hornet nest hanging in a tree branch. Bald faced hornets are trigger happy at the first instance of irritation. They are very aggressive. Caution should be used in dealing with removal.
2012 This colony of honey bees was found after going through the porch ceiling, then cutting into the sub-floor. From the Hanover area in York County.
2012 This colony was removed from a third floor of a campus building at Kutztown University.

When they are not honey bees.......


As beekeepers, we get many calls from homeowners concerning honey bee removals. Upon arrival, we find out many times that the homeowner actually has yellow jackets, hornets, or wasps. If the circumstances dictate, oftentimes we can assist the homeowner in the live removal of these pests. We do have a "bee vacuum service" available. Please try to identify the pest first by using the link at the top of this page. Then call us with any questions. We will try to help. If at all possible, please send us a picture, even if it is a dead insect on the windowsill or floor.