The Warren County Beekeepers Association


Warren County, Ohio
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Upcoming Events


  • Independence Day

    4-H Partnership Program

    Sponsored by Warren County Beekeepers Association. The Warren County Beekeepers Association supports new young beekeepers through our 4-H partnership program. The partnership program is a scholarship to pay for equipment and bees.

Meetings


Meetings are typically the 2nd Sunday of each month. Please check Upcoming Events for next scheduled meeting.

Lebanon Presbyterian Church
123 N. East St.
Lebanon, OH 45036
Room 102

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.

About


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.

ARE THEY REALLY, REALLY HONEYBEES?


If you already know you have a swarm of honeybees, click here and give us details!

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.

DO YOU HAVE YOURSELF A HONEYBEE SWARM?

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.

HERE ARE SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HONEYBEE SWARMS:
Not usually. The bees are looking for a new place to call home. If the bees have decided this is their new home, then there is an increased risk of them being agitated as they are protecting their new home. Otherwise, they have no home to protect... and they are often quite docile. However, discretion is advised. Call a beekeeper and have them come get the bees. Don't kill them. We depend on the bees more than they depend on us!
An overcrowded hive naturally casts swarms (mostly in the spring) in its effort to populate, and survive. The bees build one or more cells in the old hive, and then the queen and half or more of the bees leave to find and build a new home. These are the swarms that we see in our tree or under our porch... and if left to their own devices, sometimes in the wall of your house!
Please, NO! Honeybees are valuable to humanity... and are the reasons we have fruits, nuts and most of the produce we consume every day. With no bees, we would starve. Beekeepers are already fighting mites, CCD, and a plethora of other problems trying to re-populate the bees. Again, finding a beekeeper who will come and get them, is not as difficult as you might think. Honey bees are not our enemy!
In most cases, NO. We want to get the bees and park them in their new home. Getting bees out of your tree is no problem. Getting them out of your house is another issue. Some beekeepers will do "cut-outs" and that is literally, with your consent, cut open your wall and physically remove the bees. Many beekeepers will not. In all cases, beekeepers, will assume no risks or any liabilities when you call us. You're inviting us the beekeeper on to your property to help you remove the bees. They will tell you the options to remove the bees and always opt for the easiest, cheapest way out for everyone involved. Just know this... a beekeeper wants to take your bees... free. You would pay an exterminator $100 or more to show up and kill the bees. When a beekeeper takes your bees, he will likely tell you to come see them in the apiary one day... or perhaps even provide you with some honey later in the year, or next season.
If the bees are in the wall of a building that we are not allowed to cut in to, then we probably won't be able to get them. Timing is everything. If the swarm has been there more than a day or so, we may have problems getting them. The earlier you call, the better. That's because the bees gorged themselves on honey before leaving home, but once they're looking for a new home, they begin to starve. The sooner we get them, the better. Bee swarms are common only during the spring. By the start of summer they're pretty rare and any later than that, their chances of survival are pretty low.
HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED TO ANSWER:
  • Are they definitely honeybees? (use the chart above)
  • Where are they? In a tree, in your house, etc?
  • How high from the ground are they?
  • How long have they been there?
  • How big is the ball of bees? i.e. Basketball, football-sized?
  • Is there electric available near the bees?
  • Have you called anyone else? It's frustrating to make a trip only to find that someone else was called and arrived first. If you call one of us, we'll always come and get it. If for some reason we can't, we'll immediately call a fellow beekeeper who can make it.

Members


Local Honey for Sale

Complete Member List
Name Phone Area
Merrill Fromer (513) 594-1548 Lebanon
Marion Ackman (513) 683-1498 Loveland/Maineville
Ray Alley (Chris' Honey) www.ohiohoneyman.com Everywhere + Lebanon Farmer's Market
Tony Williamitis (513) 932-0283 Oregonia/Lebanon