Honeybee Swarm Removal in Delaware

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.


NEW CASTLE
Edward ReedBear302-373-8642© or 302-834-7296
Carl RobertsBear302-834-1554 or 302-531-7616©
Robert BauerMiddletown302-378-7972 or 302-824-9090©
Gary HayesMiddletown 302-593-6873
Melissa KachinskyMiddletown302-376-9267 or 302-358-1672
Bill LeitzingerMiddletown302-584-5631©
Raymond DrejkaNewark302-239-2010 or 302-299-8584
John OsoinachNewark302-368-7182 or 302-897-0203©
Pete BellNew Castle443-350-6926
Roseann HarkinsOdessa302-378-7757
Debby HougaardTownsend302-593-0880
Tom HarriganWilmington302-353-7672
Debbe & Phil KrapeWilmington302-478-7148
Nancy MagnessWilmington302-383-6965
Ron MeickWilmington302-650-8517

KENT
Alan GreenwellClayton302-653-6868
David CookDover302-748-6867
Eugene ErreraDover302-697-7307
Warren SeaverDover302-674-8969
Ken OutenFelton302-233-2027 or 302-284-4767
Erik ThompsonFelton302-331-1420
Chuck HurdHarrington302-359-3222
Sam LaytonHarrington302-943-1872
James TracySmyrna302-670-3549

SUSSEX
Sandy DaleGeorgetown302-228-6169 or 302-245-8045
Charles BairdMilton302-448-0713 or 302-245-4374
John O'HazzaRehoboth302-542-5047
Wendell BuntingSelbyville302-436-6421 or 302-245-7735

CECIL, MD
Jim WhiteChesapeake City410-920-6891
Nancy BentleyFairhill302-530-7028
Judith (Beth) RzucidloFairhill302-584-8386

THESE BEEKEEPERS ARE MEMBERS OF OUR ASSOCIATION AND MAY BE AVAILABLE TO REMOVE SWARMS