Have you ever seen a swarm from one of your hives take off for some unreachable spot high in the trees? Although swarming is the bee colony’s method of reproduction, it is detrimental to most of the beekeeper’s goals. Loss of a swarm reduces honey production and decreases the number of bees available for pollination. Thus, swarm control is a critical spring management focus. At our March 31 meeting, Master Beekeeper Vince Aloyo will discuss Swarm Management with an emphasis on swarm control and prevention. With an understanding of swarming and some methods to prevent it, beekeeping will be improved and become more enjoyable and more profitable.
Also, Scott Famous will explain the MCBA Queen Cell Program, which he co-founded in 2013, and continues to lead. The program’s goal is to provide club members with locally raises queens of high quality queens that have diverse genetics adapted to our Northeastern climate. Learn about the program now, especially what you need to do to participate, so that you will be ready to take advantage of this excellent opportunity when it get started this spring.
The Montgomery County Beekeepers’ Association of Pennsylvania (MCBAPA), is an organization of hobbyist and professional beekeepers that serves Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The mission of the association is to provide education, support, hands-on training, and fellowship in all aspects of the beekeeping experience. We welcome experienced as well as novice beekeepers to participate in our monthly meetings, social events and field trips.
We offer a variety of beekeeping services.
Are you a beekeeper that may have infected equipment? Or a homeowner with an intimidating swarm of bees in your tree? The MCBAPA and its members offer a variety of services that can help. From education to swarm removal, the MCBAPA works to promote honeybee health in our community.Learn More
Register Your Hives!
Pennsylvania requires that every beekeeper in the Commonwealth be registered. The registration costs $10.00 for a two calendar-year period and covers all apiaries and hives owned by that person. Registration information can be found here on the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers website.