Help with Swarms


Honeybee_Swarm_smallGetting help with swarms in Chester County

Honeybee Swarms are curious, not furious!

If you find a swarm of honeybees on your turf and don’t want it there, members of CCBA are willing to remove the swarm. Time is of the essence. Once the swarm has entered its new home, removal of the honeybees is much more difficult and may involve opening the wall of a house to get to the bee colony. This is generally beyond the capability of most beekeepers, so contact one of them while the bees are still clustered in a swarm.

The following beekeepers (listed in no particular order other than location) want to capture swarms of honeybees:

SOUTHERN and WESTERN CHESTER COUNTY
Carol Stanley 610-563-7611 carjoestanley@yahoo.com
Vidya Rajan 610-806-2079
Willie Williams 484-667-1448 careforbees@gmail.com
Joelle Cutrona-Buzzard 484-639-4204
Eric Paulson 610.308.7683 esp@kanewolf.com
Dan Topp 610-613-9499
Dan Borkoski 443-854-6533 SunBearApiary@gmail.com
Susan Corkran 610-388-6323 (Kennett Square, Unionville, Mendenhall only)
Cindy Faulkner 610-235-7869
Bob Buzzard 215-859-8295
Kelly McGrory 484-844-0416 kel800@yahoo.com
Matthew Byrne 360-775-1708
Paul Johnson 215-990-0036
Bob Angelo 484-354-3967 madduc@comcast.net
Charlie Karat 610-350-1021
The Broughton Boys 610-384-2384 swarmbuster@911honey.com

NORTHERN CHESTER COUNTY
Jack McMichael 484-680-0876 jmcmich552@aol.com
Thomas Frederick 610-384-3066
Howard Frysinger 610-858-4859
Jared Spidel 484-558-0395 or 610-864-1571
Rod Merrill 610-256-4128
Michael Chen 610-613-1525
Keith Jardine 610-291-3438 ccbakeith@gmail.com
Brent Lunger 610-251-0530
John McIlvaine 484-888-6891
Janet Owens 484-614-9435

CENTRAL CHESTER COUNTY
Tom Dunmire 484-693-0540 ccbatom@gmail.com
Samuel B Fisher 610-593-6904
Scott Verzinskie 484-571-4593 or 484-889-1051
Ewelina Cieslak 610-241-7753 evacheslak@hotmail.com
Ed Notebaert, 410-935-0776, sareena43@comcast.net
Jeremiah Eldredge 610-476-3863
Jim Bobb 610-584-6778 JimBobb@pabeekeeper.com
Jeff Bryer 484-888-6546 jeffbryer@comcast.net
Carmen Battavio 610-331-6279
Tracy Phelan 610-505-5064
Chris Biondi 484-432-2741 teslallc@comcast.net

MAIN LINE and DELAWARE COUNTY
Greg Bazis 484-716-9000
Warren Graham 610-565-2032
Tom McKinney 610-800-2232 mckinney672002@yahoo.com
Chuck Dallara 610-574-9990 cdallaramd@gmail.com
James Castellan 610-565-9845 james.castellan@gmail.com
Bill Downs 610-446-2758 vinmaker@gmail.com
Sharon Quigley 410-916-1188
Ericka Hahn 484-336-4340
Suzanne Roose 610-999-0336

HONEY BEES REMOVED FROM BUILDINGS
Keith Jardine 610-291-3438 ccbakeith@gmail.com
Dan Borkoski 443-854-6533 SunBearApiary@gmail.com
Warren Graham 610-565-2032
Samuel B Fisher 610-593-6904

REMOVAL OF WASPS, HORNETS, AND BUMBLE BEES FROM HOUSE WALLS
Warren Graham 610-565-2032
Chris Walker 610-945-6366 www.thewaspexpert.com
Keith Jardine 610-291-3438 ccbakeith@gmail.com

More about swarming bees… A honeybee cannot live alone but depends on the colony for survival. To propagate the species, a swarm (about half the colony and the queen) moves to a new home. The other half of the colony remains in the hive and raises a new queen. In southeastern Pennsylvania, most swarms emerge in April, May, and June. After exiting from their former home (hive), the swarm may settle on a tree branch, a bush, or the side of a building. The swarm normally forms a football-shaped cluster of bees that may be up to three feet long. The swarm sends out scout bees to look for a new home in a hollow tree or in the eaves of a building. When a suitable spot is found, the scout bees direct the swarm to it. The bees then construct a new honeycomb nest with wax they produce themselves, begin to gather nectar and pollen for food, and raise young. Honeybees are a valuable part of nature because they pollinate crops, produce honey, beeswax, and pollen, and their stings are widely accepted as an aid in the treatment of arthritis. So, as you observe them swarming, contemplate this marvelous phenomenon and call a beekeeper to remove the swarm and put it to beneficial use. 

To be ADDED or REMOVED from this list, please contact us at: news@chescobees.org

The Chester County Beekeepers Association takes no responsibility for the services provided by its members. This information is provided only as a public service.

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