MEADOW SWEET APIARIES IS ABLE TO HANDLE MANY OF YOUR NEEDS AS A HOMEOWNER, BEEKEEPER OR AS AN EDUCATOR.

 

Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping Classes - Winter is the time to begin your beekeeping journey!  Master Beekeeper and Author, Stephen Repasky will be teaching a class at the Fern Hollow Nature Center January 20, 2018.  This all day class includes all of the basics and more on the how to of keeping honey bees.  Biology, diseases and Pests, equipment, management and more will be discussed.  A book will included in the cost of the class.  Please bring your own lunch and drinking fluids.  You can sign up for the class here:  cost $115 per person.  Class Sign Up Form

Swarm Removal

Swarm Removal - Honey bee swarms are natures way of reproducing in a large scale.  Swarms are extremely docile and often seem to appear in minutes!  DO NOT SPRAY THEM!!!!  They may stay in one location temporarily for a few hours up to a few days.  Please do not confuse them with a hornets nest!!  Swarms are common in western Pennsylvania beginning May 1 - July 1.  Although this is when they are at their peak, they can sometimes be found  outside of these dates.  Swarm Removal is done in a manner so as not to harm the honey bees and relocating them to one of our outyards to start a new colony.  There is generally no charge for a swarm removal, however a donation to cover time and travel is always GREATLY appreciated!!  Please call us immediately if you see a swarm in your yard!

This IS a honey bees swarm - notice the absence of a covering!  A honey bee swarm is temporary and can stay in one spot for a few hours to several days.

This IS a honey bees swarm - notice the absence of a covering!  A honey bee swarm is temporary and can stay in one spot for a few hours to several days.

This is NOT a honey bee swarm - this is a hornets nest.  Honey bees do NOT build a nest in the open.

This is NOT a honey bee swarm - this is a hornets nest.  Honey bees do NOT build a nest in the open.

 

Colony Removal and Relocation

Colony Removals from Structures and Trees - these are situations that require a site visit in order to accurately assess the situation.  Removals are quite time consuming and require someone with knowledge of honeybee biology, habits and construction of houses.  It is advised that homeowners NOT eliminate honey bee colonies that are established within their walls due to a number of reasons.  A honey bee colony maintains the temperature of the comb and also defends it from pests.  Should you eliminate the honey bees, the comb is now unprotected from heat and pests and can result in honey dripping into your walls and ceilings creating staining  in these areas.  An unprotected comb also can be prone to infestation by a number of pests such as ants, cockroaches, moths, mice and many more.  Please contact us to discuss details and set up an appointment to look at your colony.

Here is a colony of honeybees that made their home in the ceiling of a house and a colony in a tree that was being removed.  These honeybees are able to be safely removed without elimination!

 

BEEKEEPING CONSULTATIONS

Every now and then, whether you are a new or veteran beekeeper alike, you run into a situation that you may not understand or cant quite figure out what you are looking at.  Our consultation services will allow some one on one time with an experienced Master Beekeeper.  See below for more information and pricing.

Phone calls - Need a quick reassurance that you are doing the right thing?  Have a few questions that can be answered over the phone?  Stephen is available for a 10 minute phone call at no cost to help you along the way.

Site Visits - a phone call doesn't do it?  Stephen can come out to your hives for a visit and assessment and help you with some one on one beekeeping.  Fees begin at $75 an hour.  He can assist you with capturing a swarm, making a split, requeening, identifying diseases and pests or just plain basic beekeeping instruction.

Pest/Disease Sampling - Do you have trouble sampling for mites?  Or do you want to see if your hive has nosema and at what levels?  Testing and sampling is available for your bees.  Quick and accurate results is a short amount of time.  Contact us for details and pricing.

Visits can be arranged by calling Stephen directly or sending him an email here.