Honeybee Swarm Removal in Delaware

A list of volunteer beekeepers who may offer the service of removing honeybee swarms, organized by county and city. Updated March 2014.
 
 
This is the time of year that you may see honey bee swarming. Below is a list of beekeepers in Delaware that can be called to remove swarms. Call immediately if you see one as they will not remain very long.

Honey bees are valuable and provide tremendous benefits, specifically pollination, honey and wax. However there are times and places where honey bees create an annoyance and a nuisance, and for sting-sensitive individuals, a health threat. One such incidence is when honey bees swarm.

Swarming is a natural part of the development of a honey bee colony. Swarming is a method of propagation that occurs in response to crowding within the colony. Swarming is an advantage to the bees but is a distinct disadvantage for beekeepers. Consequently, beekeepers manage hives to reduce the incidence of swarming to the extent possible. Swarming usually occurs in late spring and early summer and begins in the warmer hours of the day.

Honey bee swarms 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.


NEW CASTLE
RON MEICKARDEN302-650-8517
CARL ROBERTS BEAR 302-834-1554
CHARLES REEDY BEAR 302-834-0950
JIM WHITE CHESAPEAKE CITY410-920-6891
NANCY BENTLY FAIRHILL 302-530-7028
JOHN FAUERBACHHOCKESSIN 302-239-8336
ROBERT BAUER MIDDLETOWN 302-378-7972
CRAIG GAGE MIDDLETOWN 302-279-0054
BILL LEITZINGER MIDDLETOWN 302-584-4631
GARY HAYES MIDDLETOWN 302-593-6873
PETE BELL NEW CASTLE 443-350-6926
RAYMOND DREJKANEWARK302-239-2010 or 302-299-8584
CRAIG SCOTT NEWARK 302-737-2002
EDWARD REED NEWARK 302-373-8642
KATE HACKETT ODESSA 302-824-6235
JAMES TRACY SMYRNA 302-670-3549
DAVID CARTER TOWNSEND 302-270-6816
DEBBY HOUGAARDTOWNSEND 302-593-0880
DEBBE & PHIL KRAPEWILMINGTON 302-478-7148
NANCY MAGNESSWILMINGTON 302-383-6965

KENT
EUGENE ERRERADOVER302-697-7307
RICHARD/DEBRA GOERGERDOVER302-270-5790 or 302-697-2334
FRANK MARRODOVER302-270-1122
KEN OUTENFELTON302-233-2027 or 302-284-4767
CHARLES THOMPSONFELTON302-222-3247
ERIK THOMPSONFELTON302-331-1420
CHARLES PITTS & GREENSBORO, MD410-482-2216
SAM LAYTONHARRINGTON302-943-1872 or 302-398-4577
CHUCK HURDHARRINGTON302-359-3222
JAMES TRACYSMYRNA302-670-3549
DARREN SAUSSERSMYRNA302-222-0189

SUSSEX
DONALD O’BIERELLENDALE302-422-3730
MARTIN ALDREDFRANKFORD302-604-4100
RAYMOND BANKSGEORGETOWN302-856-1495
WILLIAM POLLARDGEORGETOWN410-490-5642
SANDY DALEGEORGETOWN302-228-6169 or 302-357-7813
DANNY DODDGEORGETOWN302-727-8767
CHARLES PITTS &GREENSBORO, MD410-482-2216
JESSE PURSLEYGREENWOOD302-296-7671
CHARLES BAIRDMILTON302-448-0713
MARTIN MANSHIPMILTON302-684-4641
JOHN O’HAZZAREHOBOTH302-227-3949 OR 302-542-5047
RONALD QUILLENSEAFORD302-629-9430 or 302-841-8057
JOHN ISENHOWERSEAFORD302-236-8133
WENDELL BUNTINGSELBYVILLE302-436-6421 or 302-245-7735

These beekeepers have registered with the Delaware Department of Agriculture and offer the service of removing Honeybee SWARMS and have permitted their names and telephone numbers to be posted on this website and distributed to the public.

For additional information or technical questions you may contact Robert Mitchell, Plant Industries Section, Delaware Department of Agriculture at Robert.mitchell@state.de.us or call 800-282-8685 or his cell phone at (302)632-0321.