A list of volunteer beekeepers who may offer the service of removing honeybee swarms, organized by county and city. Updated April 2015.
This is the time of year that you may see honey bee swarming. Below is a list of beekeepers in Delaware that can be called to remove swarms. Call immediately if you see one as they will not remain very long.
Honey bees are valuable and provide tremendous benefits, specifically pollination, honey and wax. However there are times and places where honey bees create an annoyance and a nuisance, and for sting-sensitive individuals, a health threat. One such incidence is when honey bees swarm.
Swarming is a natural part of the development of a honey bee colony. Swarming is a method of propagation that occurs in response to crowding within the colony. Swarming is an advantage to the bees but is a distinct disadvantage for beekeepers. Consequently, beekeepers manage hives to reduce the incidence of swarming to the extent possible. Swarming usually occurs in late spring and early summer and begins in the warmer hours of the day.
Honey bee swarms may contain several hundred to several thousand worker bees, a few drones and one queen. Swarming bees fly around briefly and then cluster on a tree limb, shrub or other object. Clusters usually remain stationary for an hour to a few days, depending on weather and the time needed to find a new nest site by scouting bees. When a suitable location for the new colony, such as a hollow tree, is found the cluster breaks up and flies to it.
|Edward Reed||Bear||302-373-8642© or 302-834-7296|
|Robert Bauer||Middletown||302-378-7972 or 302-824-9090©|
|Melissa Kachinsky||Middletown||302-376-9267 or 302-358-1672|
|Raymond Drejka||Newark||302-239-2010 or 302-299-8584|
|John Osoinach||Newark||302-368-7182 or 302-897-0203©|
|Pete Bell||New Castle||443-350-6926|
|Debbe & Phil Krape||Wilmington||302-478-7148|
|Ken Outen||Felton||302-233-2027 or 302-284-4767|
|Sandy Dale||Georgetown||302-228-6169 or 302-245-8045|
|Charles Baird||Milton||302-448-0713 or 302-245-4374|
|Wendell Bunting||Selbyville||302-436-6421 or 302-245-7735|
|Jim White||Chesapeake City||410-920-6891|
|Judith (Beth) Rzucidlo||Fairhill||302-584-8386|
THESE BEEKEEPERS ARE MEMBERS OF OUR ASSOCIATION AND MAY BE AVAILABLE TO REMOVE SWARMS