Honeybee Swarm Removal in Delaware

A list of local beekeepers who may offer the service of removing honeybees, organized by county and city. Updated October 2017.
 
Honey bees swarm as a natural part of their life cycle, it is how the colony reproduces. Swarming usually occurs in late spring and early summer and begins in the warmer hours of the day. A swarm 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. Below is a list of beekeepers in Delaware that can be called to remove swarms. Call immediately if you see a swarm, they will not remain very long.
 
If swarms are not collected the honeybees will find a new home on their own, in a place that may not be convenient. Hollow trees, attics, chimneys and underneath the siding of a home have all been used by bees in the past. These honey bees can also be removed, but it may not be easy, and there may be a fee requested by the member doing the service. Depending on the size of the colony a contactor may also be necessary to repair damage. Members who are willing to remove bees from inside buildings or trees are marked with an asterisk (*) on the list below.
 
Before making a call make sure you are dealing with honeybees! If in doubt send picture to beekeeper, or check the link below:


NEW CASTLE
Edward Reed Bear (c)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 (C)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
Kathy Hossler Townsend 302-242-7859
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

KENT
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
Bill Leitzinger Dover (c)302-584-5631
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
Phillip Dunning Magnolia 302-222-1294
James Tracy Smyrna 302-670-3549
Joe and Theresa Nicolai Wyoming 302-697-2830

SUSSEX
Raymond Banks Georgetown 302-339-5072
Carla Lewis Georgetown 302-236-4115
David Beebe Milton 302-228-3884
John O'Hazza Rehoboth 302-542-5047
Wendell Bunting Selbyville 302-245-7735

CECIL, MD
Judith (Beth) Rzucidlo Fairhill 302-584-8386