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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:

Southern & Western Chester County        
Don Stockley         302-528-7397
Jerrie Gontarz        610-593-1949    
Bill Stefanosky      484-574-0128
Keith Jardine         610-809-0955    
Walt Broughton     610-384-2384    
Beth Tumas           302-584-8386    
Carmen Battavio    610-331-6279    
Jack McMichael     484-680-0876
John Federoff         610-283-0227
Carol Stanley          610-563-7611    
Tim Ferris              484-678-8569

Northern Chester County        
Frank Ruthkosky              
Howard Frysinger    610-858-4859
Jack McMichael      484-680-0876
Tom Frederick         610-384-3066    
Tim Ferris               484-678-8569
Chris Eckert            610-858-6737
Justin Shiffler         484-752-2527
Carmen Battavio    610-331-6279    
Keith Jardine          610-809-0955    
Janet Owens           484-614-9435
Ed Sharp                 443-309-4006
Tara Cannon (Kimberton) 215-479-1241

Central Chester County        
Ann Svelling            610-732-7057    
Keith Jardine            610-809-0955    
Howard Frysinger    610-858-4859
Tim Ferris                484-678-8569
Walt Talunas            610-247-1133    
Chris Eckert             610-858-6737
Jack McMichael      484-680-0876
Tom Frederick          610-384-3066    
Carmen Battavio      610-331-6279    
Justin Shiffler          484-752-2527
Nancy Magness       302-383-6965  West Chester Borough

Main Line & Delaware County        
Tim Ferris              484-678-8569
Keith Jardine          610-809-0955    
Carmen Battavio    610-331-6279    
James Castellan     610-565-9845    
Bill Downs             610-446-2758    
Tina Freels             M-215-280-0007; H-610-449-7273    
Don Stockley         302-528-7397
Susan Howatt         610-724-9031    
Jack McMichael     484-680-0876
Tom McKinney.     610-800-2232.

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.