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
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.