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  • Capture swarms
    • Have extra equipment on hand
    • Empty hives
      • Be prepared to collect your own swarms


  • Bees swarm in May!  BE AWARE!!!!!
    • Way for honey bees to multiply
    • Does not mean you are a bad beekeeper
    • Bees swarm, it is in their nature
  • Implement a swarm control strategy
    • Important steps for trying to prevent a swarm
    • Must provide room for hive to expand
  • Swarms can happen throughout the spring and summer
  • Beware of swarm preparation signs
    • Queen grows smaller in size
    • Slows egg laying down significantly
  • Check for swarm cells
    • Continuously every week or so
    • Remove any swarm cells found


  • Honey super management
    • Honey supers should be added by May 1st
      • Put on as many as you want
        • Good practice to have two
          • Sometimes three or four are needed
      • Check supers before you add
      • Move less full frames from the outside of honey super to the center
        • Bees fill frames from the center out
        • This will allow for more frames of honey to be filled quicker
      • Add a super when 6 – 7 frames are filled
        • 1/2 – 2/3 frames filled with honey
    • Place the new super under the partially full one
      • Place on top of hive body full of brood
      • Place partially filled super on top of the new empty super
    • Don’t wait to add supers
      • May miss some nectar flow
    • Check hive body
      • If suspect a problem look at brood laying patter of queen during honey flow



On Monday, April 22, 2013 the Johnston County Beekeeper's Association lost one of its members.  Michael Stephenson was a Certified Beekeeper who was an active member of the club and was known for his beekeeping supply store. A memorial service will be held at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. with visitation to follow. Burial, with masonic rites, will be at Princeton Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for close family and friends. The funeral will be at Parrish's Funeral Home (1351 South Pollock Street, Selma, NC 27576) {919-965-3031}.  The cemetery service will take place at Princeton Cemetery.

Click here for more information: Parrish Funeral Home

The Johnston County Beekeeper’s Association met on Monday, April 15, 2013.   Dick Rogers, entomologist and manager of the Bayer Bee Care Center presented a program on How to Assess Honey Bee Colony Strength and Health.

Johnston County Beekeeper's Association Meeting Announcement 

Date: April 15, 2013

*Before the Meeting:  Al Hildreth, with Shamrocks Buzzy Bees, will be going into the two hives at the Johnston County Agricultural Center before the meeting at 6:00 pm.  So if you would like to bring your bee suits and and see the hands on demonstration before the meeting you are more then welcome to experience all the fun.  

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Johnston County Agricultural Center (2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577)

Speaker: Dr. Richard (Dick) Rogers; Entomologist / Manger with Bayer Bee Care Center

Topic: "How to Assess Honey Bee Colony Strength and Health"

Description: Dr. Rogers will be covering how to evaluate a hive to determine how healthy and strong it is.

Special Notes: This event is free and open to the public.  We hope that you can make it.