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.

Edward Reed Bear 302-373-8642© or 302-834-7296
Gary Hayes Middletown (H)302-378-8582 or (C)302-593-6873
Melissa Kachinsky Middletown 302-376-9267 or 302-358-1672
Bill Leitzinger Middletown 302-584-5631©
Raymond Drejka Newark 302-239-2010 or 302-299-8584
Pete Bell New Castle 443-350-6926
Roseann Harkins Odessa 302-378-7757
Debby Hougaard Townsend 302-593-0880
Duane Douglas Wilmington 302-420-1299
Gregory Greene Wilmington 302-463-9145
Tom Harrigan Wilmington 302-353-7672
Debbe & Phil Krape Wilmington 302-478-7148
Nancy Magness Wilmington 302-383-6965
Ron Meick Wilmington 302-650-8517
Mark Woodward Wilmington 302-229-3755

Alan Greenwell Clayton 302-653-6868
David Cook Dover 301-748-6867
Eugene Errera Dover 302-697-7307
Richard Goerger Dover 302-270-5790
Debbie Goerger Dover 302-270-0706
Frank Marro Dover 302-270-1122
Warren Seaver Dover 302-674-8969
Ken Outen Felton 302-233-2027 or 302-284-4767
Erik Thompson Felton 302-331-1420
Chuck Hurd Harrington 302-359-3222
Sam Layton Harrington 302-943-1872
Marcus Woodward Houston 302-387-3840
James Tracy Smyrna 302-670-3549
Joe and Theresa Nicolai Wyoming 302-697-2830

Sandy Dale Georgetown 302-228-6169 or 302-245-8045
Raymond Banks Georgetown 302-339-5072
Carla Lewis Georgetown 302-236-4115
Charles Baird Milton 302-448-0713
David Beebe Milton 302-228-3884
John O'Hazza Rehoboth 302-542-5047
Wendell Bunting Selbyville 302-245-7735

Jim White Chesapeake City 410-920-6891
Nancy Bentley Fairhill 302-530-7028
Judith (Beth) Rzucidlo Fairhill 302-584-8386