Sponsored by Warren County Beekeepers Association, at Armco Park 1223 N. State Rte 741 Lebanon, OH 45036.
Meetings are typically the 2nd Sunday of each month. Please check Upcoming Events for next scheduled meeting.
There are two parking lots next to the church, you can park in either. The entrance we use is off the parking lot next to E. Warren St. There are 8 wide steps leading up to big double glass doors. Go up the stairs, but at the top, turn right and follow the sidewalk to a single windowless door. This leads into a stairwell and you need to go down and make 2 lefts. We meet at the far end of the hall.
The Warren County Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization and has been meeting for more than 40 years. It is a rich source of information. Many of the members have been keeping bees for more than 15 years and at least one member for 50 years! Harvesting the maximum honey is as much art as science, so being able to ask questions to these long-time beekeepers has enabled newer beekeepers to gain knowledge and confidence faster than they possibly could on their own. The club's regular meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the second Sunday of every month (except January) at The Lebanon Presbyterian Church at 123 N. East Street in Lebanon, Ohio. Annual membership dues are a bargain at only twenty dollars.
The membership is a diverse cross section of men and women from the county. Some are young and bring new babies to meetings; some are so old they can tell you the way it used to be done. Most members keep two to four hives, but several have seven to fifteen and a few have forty or more. Most members produce honey, beeswax, pollen, and propolis for personal use and as gifts. A couple of members make a part of their income from the sale of these products. A few members keep bees just for the enjoyment of learning about and observing these fascinating social insects.
Ohio has a rich history of beekeeping. The hobby was first popularized over one hundred forty years ago. The worldwide craze was based on a book of observations and methods written by Ohio resident Lorenzo L. Langstroth. It showed people how to have easy access to a sweetener, honey, for the first time by keeping bees. After the Civil War he sold hives and queen bees all over the country from his home in Oxford, Ohio. A queen bee sold then for $20, about the same as today. Over in Medina, Ohio, the A. I. Root Company built up to become a large factory with rail car sidings and dozens of employees by selling precut parts for beehives, and later beeswax candles.
Beekeepers want to know if you really have honeybees before they make the trip out. It's very important. A beekeeper is not equipped to remove or exterminate other bees. During the springtime especially, a beekeeper is usually happy to remove your honeybees for free... and they are prioritizing other bee removals to come see you. Please help identify your bees and make sure they really are honeybees before having a beekeeper come out. Use the chart below to see the difference between honeybees and other common bees.
Honeybees, would not be in a hole in the ground or in a paper or mud nest. If this is your situation, you have a problem with wasps or yellow jackets, and you should call a licensed exterminator. Take a look at these pictures of honeybee swarms and contact one of us at SIBA if you need someone to come and remove them. Just click on a pin on the map to find the beekeeper closest to you. It's important to note that when you see a swarm, they could be waiting until the scout bees return and tell them where their new home is. If they are waiting to find their new home, they may hang around for a couple hours and then up and leave all of a sudden. In other cases, they may have already determined their new home is right where you see them and they will begin building comb.