St. Clair Beekeepers Association

I found some bees - now what do I do?

Is it a swarm?

Is it a cutout?

Swarm are usually found on objects or vegetation.  Somewhere in the clump of bees you will normally find a queen.  A swarm will stay in place for a few minutes to 24 hours.  Swarms are usually easy to remove.

A cutout of bees is a swarm that has found a new home and has taken up residence.  It could be in a wall, a hollow tree, in the soffit or in an attic.  Anywhere a small hole leads to a cavity that is suitable to be called home.  Cutouts are more difficult to remove an can damage your property.

Events & Annoucements

Presentation by Marc Mayhew How to make Meade
Membership Meetings

Membership meetings are held the last Sunday of the month May-September at 2:00 PM at various apiaries. November - April the meetings are held at the Edwardsville Farm Bureau or the St. Clair Farm Bureau on the last Friday of the month at 7:00 PM, Click below for more details and information about the next meeting.

State Bee Inspection

Call Eleanor Schumacher to have your hives inspected. She can be reached at 510-285-7879. Click below for more information about the State of Illinois Beekeeping

Annual Thanksgiving Potluck

The annual Thanksgiving Potluck will be November 19th at 6:00 pm at the Madison County Farm Bureau office in Edwardsville.  See Meeting Info for more details.