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Getting 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 outside.

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


NAME                                  Phone #                            e-mail                             REGION
Keith Jardine              610-809-0955                                                                                     All
Jack McMichael        
484-680-0876                                      All
Carmen Battavio        610-331-6279                                                                                     All

Jerrie Gontarz           610-593-1949                                                                                       1
Carol Stanley             610-563-7611                                                                                        1
John Federoff            610-283-0227                                            1
Walt Broughton         610-384-2384                                                                                       1
Bill Stefanosky          484-574-0128                                      1
Beth Tumas               302-584-8386                                                                                        1

Frank Ruthkosky                                                       2

Justin Shiffler 484-752-2527 2 & 3
Howard Frysinger     610-858-4859                                    2 & 3
Tom Frederick           610-384-3066                                                                                      2 & 3
Chris Eckert              610-858-6737                    2 & 3

Ann Svelling 610-732-7057 3
Walt Talunas 610-247-1133 3

James Castellan 610-565-9845 4
Bill Downs 610-446-2758 4
Tina Freels M- 215-280-0007  H- 610-449-7273 4
Susan Howatt           610-724-9031                                                                                      4
Chris Sim                 267-441-9563                                                                                       4

Christopher Walker 610-945-6366 Wasps

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. 

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