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Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association

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    SINCE 1934, WE HAVE BEEN EDUCATING AND HELPING BEEKEEPERS WITH THEIR HOBBY.


Beepalooza 2022 Photo Album

From Candle making to mead tasting, Tollgate Farms was buzzing with excitement on May 22. There were so many events and activities from queen crafting and honey tasting to what does European foulbrood look like under a microscope … when’s the last time you opened a hive at a bee conference? Or heard our favorite Ohio Bee Inspector go on about all the issues facing bees today.

Charlotte Hubbard, Meghan Milbrath, Mike Connor and this is just scratching the surface of the incredible speakers and participants.

A fantastic day, thanks to all the volunteers and speakers and staff who made it all go so smoothly.

Mark your calendar for next June 4, 2023 the first Sunday after Memorial Day  Beepalooza Take Two.


Spring is Honey Bee Swarm Season

Below are some resources to help you understand and manage swarms, including contacts in your area to assist with safely removing honey bees in unwanted areas.



Reporting a swarm of honey bees 

Thousands of honey bees have just invaded your property or adjacent area and have now settled in a large clump on a tree, a fence or on some other object. The mass of bees, called a swarm, may be as small as a softball or larger than a basket ball. You may feel terrified and think that your family is in great danger and you want them removed as soon as possible. The following questions and answers may help you understand the nature of swarming, how to remove the problem and also help a beekeeper save the honeybees.

BEES IN THE WALL or tree

Every year beekeepers are called upon to give advice regarding the removal of honey bees (and other insect pests) from homes and buildings. Such advice is difficult to give because each case requires first hand information, and no two responses are alike.

The following information is designed to give guidance about what needs to be done to accomplish honey bee nest removal and what considerations should be given when choosing a course of action.

Swarm Removal Contact List

The SEMBA swarm list is posted at the link below. For any questions or concerns you can contact SEMBA at sembabees.info@gmail.com


As you may know, most pesticides can pose a risk to humans and animals. For this reason, ConsumerNotice.org has published a free guide with organic, homemade, and agricultural alternatives.

You can check out the guide here:  Read More



Membership

Membership is open to anyone interested in beekeeping and connecting with local Michigan beekeepers.

Meetings are on the 3rd Sunday of every Month 

Education

Beekeeping  School is a nine month course introducing you to the biology of the honey bee, sustainable beekeeping practices, and honey extraction

2022 Beginnering Beekeeping School Registration opens December 5!

Register Here


BOOKS TO READ

Beekeeping information available on the web is detailed and thorough. Virtually anything you can wish to learn about beekeeping is out there, on some website, somewhere! But many of us here retain an enjoyment of the tactile turning of physical pages when reading a good book. 

Books To Read


SEMBA Email:  sembabees.info@gmail.com

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