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Do You Have a Swarm of Honey Bees?
Maryland Beekeepers Want to Give them a Home!

Beekeepers in Maryland are very interested in saving swarms of honey bees, especially successful colonies that grow strong enough to swarm! You can help us protect and raise a sustainable local honey bee population by calling in one of our members to remove a swarm from your property!

What is a swarm?

Take a look at the pictures on the right: honey bee swarms are literally thousands of individuals collected in a mass around their queen, waiting for scout bees to return with news of a new hive site to which they can move. Swarms can form on tree branches, porch rails, fire hydrants, outdoor grills -- just about anywhere. They are gentle and generally rest in one location for only a short time. It's important for a beekeeper to be called in quickly to gather up the swarm and place it in a safe hive.

What is a NOT swarm?

Beekeepers only collect honey bees: not bumblebees, not yellow jackets, not wasps, hornets or ground nesting bees. We have some information about some of these other insects here. Sometimes a flowering bush receives a lot of attention from many pollinators: this is not a swarm, either.

swarm on a railBee colony in your building/structure?

Some, but not all, beekeepers can remove honey bee colonies that have created hives within a wall, attic, or other structure. This is specialized work called "structural removal" and the beekeepers who will do this work are noted below. Please note that beekeepers are not contractors, and you should discuss ahead of time what kind of access/damage is OK and the potential cost of the removal.

Whom to call?

If you think you might have a swarm, please contact one of the following:

Maryland State Master List

Jerry Fischer, Maryland Department of Agriculture, fischeje@mda.state.md.us, 410-562-3464

Allegany County

Richard Cutter, 301-463-6101 or 301- 697-2271,
Lenny Emerick, 814-324-4370 or
Mike Flanagan, 301-697-8771
Marvin Peck, 301-268-3854,
Walt Shreve, 301-724-7975

Anne Arundel County

Joe Brotherton, Odenton area, 410-320-5890
Bill Castro, billiam1969@beefriendlyapiary.com, 303-877-4617, www.Beefriendlyapiary.com, will remove wasp and hornet nests, also does structural removals
Dave Crump, Crownsville area, 410-923-3538
Alex Garbesi, Arnold area, 443-902-3432
Jim Hoban, 443-510-7658
Rich Inman, 410-266-7204
Laura Larosa, Annapolis area, 410-279-2138
Loyd Luna, 410-757-5797
Dan Maerzke, 410-674-7911
Jerry May, Annapolis area, 410-268-6435
Toni Sanchez, toni@bees2u.com, 443-404-9811, www.bees2u.com, does structural removals
Gail Stucker, Annapolis area, 410-268-8469
Roger Perry, 443-851-7798
Joe Snyder, 410-757-4593
Ollie Snyder, 410 437 5489, ohsnyder@live.com
Shane Wolfe, 410-674-2079

Baltimore City

Janet Bardzik, JBEECHRMR@aol.com (will look at structures)
Bill Castro, billiam1969@beefriendlyapiary.com, 303-877-4617, www.Beefriendlyapiary.com, will remove wasp and hornet nests, also does structural removals
Tony Frederick, Glen Arm, 443-791-7407, anthony.frederick@comcast.net, may do structural removals depending on situation
Toni Sanchez, toni@bees2u.com, 443-404-9811, www.bees2u.com, does structural removals

Baltimore County

Janet Bardzik, JBEECHRMR@aol.com (will look at structures)
Jim Boyd, BBOYDSHOP@aol.com, 443-610-8100, South West Baltimore County Arbutus, Catonsville, Elkridge area
Bill Castro, billiam1969@beefriendlyapiary.com, 303-877-4617, www.Beefriendlyapiary.com
Tony Frederick, Glen Arm. 443-791-7407, anthony.frederick@comcast.net, may do structural removals depending on situation
Karen Fullem, Parkton, 410-357-9236, sunflowerfieldfarms@gmail.com
Toni Sanchez, toni@bees2u.com, 443-404-9811, www.bees2u.com, does structural removals

Calvert County

Toni Sanchez, toni@bees2u.com, 443-404-9811, www.bees2u.com, does structural removals
Shane Wolfe, 410-674-2079

Caroline County

Bill Cockayne, Cockayne@nih.gov, 410-829-3368
Jennifer Williams,jenniferw@goeaston.net, 410-829-3368

Carroll County

Brad Criddle, 410-751-9220 or 410-935-7260
Mike Davidson, 443-244-1350
James & Mary Doane, 301-997-8707
Larry Fritz, 410-804-7652
Karen Fullem, Parkton, 410-357-9236, sunflowerfieldfarms@gmail.com
Chris Gunther, 443-340-8159
John Hammersla, 240-446-8635
Allen Hayes, thehayeshouse4@aol.com, 410-489-2835
Bill Hemelt, 443-375-0858 or 410-876-1357
Richard Lord, richard.lord@mclor.com, 410-790-3493
Steve McDaniel, 443-507-6367
David Mulder, 410-239-6938
Gary Pohlner, 443-271-2047
Fred Sypher, 443-564-3496
Larry Truchon, 410-207-4639

Cecil County

Robert Crouse, rlcrouse@qis.net, 410-638-0105
John Knapstein, jdk92048@aol.com, 410-692-9823 (can help with yellow jackets, hornets, etc.)

Central Maryland

Roger Williams, info@centralmarylandbees.org, 410-374-5574 (please include a contact phone number and the zipcode of location)

Charles County

Scott Seccomb, scott.seccomb@verizon.net, 301-868-1444

Dorchester County

Bill Cockayne, Cockayne@nih.gov, 410-829-3368
Jennifer Williams, jenniferw@goeaston.net, 410-829-3368

Frederick County

David Maloney, dave@maloney.com, 301-228-2279

Garrett County

Roman Beachy, 814-442-7014
SMB Weber, Hillcrest Apiaries, 240-429-6084

Harford County

Robert Crouse, rlcrouse@qis.net, 410-638-0105
Tony Frederick, Glen Arm. 443-791-7407, anthony.frederick@comcast.net, may do structural removals depending on situation
Karen Fullem, Parkton, 410-357-9236, sunflowerfieldfarms@gmail.com
John Knapstein, jdk92048@aol.com,410-692-9823 (can help with yellow jackets, hornets, etc.)

Howard County

Jim Boyd, BBOYDSHOP@aol.com, 443-610-8100, Elkridge area
Bill Castro, billiam1969@beefriendlyapiary.com, 303-877-4617, www.Beefriendlyapiary.com, will remove wasp and hornet nests, also does structural removals
Scott Seccomb, scott.seccomb@verizon.net, 301-868-1444
Shane Wolfe, 410-674-2079

Kent County

Pia Mayne, pia.inca@yahoo.com

Montgomery County

George Meyer, BeeGeorgeHoney@hotmail.com

Prince George's County

David Morris (greater Laurel area), beefriend@verizon.net, 301-725-6185
Toni Sanchez, cranberry_mom@hotmail.com, 443-404-9811
Scott Seccomb, scott.seccomb@verizon.net, 301-868-1444

Queen Anne's

Bill Cockayne, Cockayne@nih.gov, 410-829-3368
Jennifer Williams, jenniferw@goeaston.net, 410-829-3368

St. Mary's County

Toni Sanchez, toni@bees2u.com, 443-404-9811, www.bees2u.com, does structural removals
Chip Whipkey, ralphwhipkey@gmail.com, 240-925-2196. does stuctural removals

Talbot County

Bill Cockayne, Cockayne@nih.gov, 410-829-3368
George Meyer, BeeGeorgeHoney@hotmail.com
Jennifer Williams, jenniferw@goeaston.net, 410-829-3368

District of Columbia

Toni Burnham, dcbees@dcbeekeepers.org, 202-255-4318 (manages list of beekeepers)
Bill Castro, billiam1969@beefriendlyapiary.com, 303-877-4617, www.Beefriendlyapiary.com, does structural removals
Sean McKenzie, abdulmalik772003@yahoo.com, 202-528-7031, does structural removals
Toni Sanchez, toni@bees2u.com, 443-404-9811, www.bees2u.com
Scott Seccomb, scott.seccomb@verizon.net, 301-868-1444