Honeybees are recognized as a primary pollinator in Virginia and taking up the hobby can be rewarding in many ways. Tidewater Beekeeping Association, Colonial Beekeepers Association and Norfolk Beekeepers offer meetings, classes, mentors and more to help build and support the beekeepers in the greater Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area.
Many of the member clubs of the Virginia State Beekeeping Association offer beekeeping courses throughout the year. A list with links may be found at the Virginia Beekeepers Association. It is important to note that classes available in the last year may also be planned for the current year. If a local class isn’t listed, contacting the nearest beekeeping association is suggested to discover the latest news.
Colonial Beekeepers Association sustains a beekeeper mentoring program which pairs local club members with new beekeepers to help support the questions and concerns of new beekeepers.
For more information on beekeeping near Virginia Beach, including a list of equipment needed to get started beekeeping visit any of the local beekeeping association sites, including Tidewater, Colonial and Norfolk.
Free honeybee swarm removal in Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach
As marvelous as honeybees are, swarms can be disturbing and require removal and relocation. Beekeepers in Hampton Roads and Tidewater area request that homeowners refrain from killing these beneficial pollinators with chemicals and instead offer honeybee swarm removal. The service is usually free, unless the bees have become established within a structure.
More information on honeybee removal is available at Tidewater Beekeepers Association, including information on identifying the swarms.
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