July 18, 2019

Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture Hands-on Workshop

Cumberland County Beekeepers Association

Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture Hands-on Workshop

Tuesday May 10th 2016

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Maine Mead Works, Portland Maine


Presenter: Jack Hildreth, Master Beekeeper


This will be a lecture style workshop discussing the causes of and reasons for honeybee swarms, how to manage and reduce the swarm impulse in your own colonies, how to make splits (artificial swarms) and how to capture swarms once they have left the colony.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of how to assess their colonies’ swarm preparations, how to make a split, what to have on hand to be ready to capture swarms, and how to make a “Swarm Trap.”

Swarm of Bees - Photo by David Wood

Swarm of Bees – Photo by David Wood

Swarm on Trap

Each registered Participant will leave the workshop with one plant pot style swarm trap ready for use in his or her own apiary.

The purpose of this workshop is to begin educating our membership in methods of sustainable apiary management and prevention of nuisance bee issues.

Cost will be $35 for Cumberland County Beekeepers Association members and $45 for non CCBA members which includes the “swarm trap”.   Participation is limited to 20 people. Please use the Swarm Workshop 2016 form to register by mail or  2016 CCBA Swarm Workshop to pay via Pay Pal.  Registrations by mail must be postmarked by May 5th .

*** Registrations are now full for this workshop.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, email Keith Kettelhut with your name and contact information ***

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