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Bee Removal If you are having an issue with honeybees on your property, please contact a local beekeeper.  Click here to see a list Local Associations.  There is also additional resources click here

Aiken County Beekeepers Association

Allen Johnson  803-645-6725

www.aikenbeekeepers.org 

 

Anderson County Beekeepers Association
Joe Duffy  864-437-9429  

 

Beaufort / Jasper Beekeepers Association

David Arnal  843-384-2803

 

Blackwater Beekeepers Association

Patrick Elvis
elvis@sccoast.net  843-455-3027 

www.blackwaterbeekeepers.org

 

Charleston Area Beekeepers Association

Patrick Roddy   843-729-2869

www.charlestonbees.org

 

Cherokee County Beekeepers Association
Don Robbs  864-480-9985

Chester County Beekeeping Association
Jim Benware 803-379-1108

Dacusville Beekeepers
Dwight Porter  864-593-1535 

 

Edisto Beekeepers Association

Gilbert Miller  803-793-6614

gmllr@clemson.edu

 

Fort Mill Bee Club 

Keith White

keithwhite100@gmail.com

 

Lakelands Beekeepers Association

Larry Lawson 864-378-3811

ldlawson@wctel.net

 

Lancaster County Beekeepers Association

Keith Blackmon  kb1701d@gmail.com 803-804-0104

www.lancastercountybeekeepers.com

 

Laurens County Beekeepers Association

Walter Perrin 864-915-1000

http://lcbka.com/

 

Lowcountry Beekeepers Association

Archie Biering  843-835-5912

 

Midstate Beekeepers Association

Thomas Ballou tballou@usit.net

www.scmidstatebeekeepers.org

 

Oconee County Beekeepers Association

Jay Bobo  864-882-1833

www.clemson.edu/extension/county/oconee/programs

 

Pee Dee Beekeepers Association

Randy Feagin  803-518-4103
Bekki Medsker 843-679-0718 (additional contact)

 

Pickens County Beekeepers Association

Kevin Nicholson  864-238-1836

www.pickenscountyscbeekeepers.com

 

Piedmont Beekeepers Association

Tim Dover  864-246-6646

www.piedmontbeekeepers.org

 

Spartanburg County Beekeepers Association

Mark Sweatman  864 895 1034

www.spartanburgbeekeepers.com

 

Union County Beekeepers Association

Jean Pennas  864-426-6784

 jpennas@hughes.net

 

Wateree Beekeepers Association

Michael Radcliffe  803-438-8481

www.kcbeekeepers.webs.com

 

York County Beekeepers Association

Steve McNeely  803-684-6181

www.yorkcountybeekeepers.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

A Person Who Keeps Honey Bees is a Beekeeper. If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper, Here are suggestions you should think about and take action on:

 

CONTACT LOCAL ASSOCIATION


There are several steps that we advise to become a beekeeper.  One is contact your local beekeeping club.  Make that contact to see when a beginner bee class will begin and begin attending monthly meetings.  


REQUEST BEEKEEPER CATALOGS AND MAGAZINES


The next step is request beekeeping catalogs (Brushy Mountain, Mann-Lake, Dadant, Rossman and Miller Bee Supply).  Those catalogs are very informative and you can familiarize yourself on equipment to purchase.  


BUDGET


The next step is set aside a budget of about $500 for all your supplies for one year.  That includes, beginner class, two colonies, the woodenware, tools, and protective gear.  


LOCATION AND ENVIRONMENT


The next step is start looking for a place to put your bees.  Bees need good forage with lots of nectar and pollen.  The best situation is different plants that offer blooms all year round.  Bees need water, nectar and pollen to produce honey.  


PROTECTION


Consider how you can protect your bees from pesticides.  You may want to have a conversation with neighbors using pesticides sparingly and make sure they know how to apply any chemicals on their blooming plants.  


READING RESOURCES


The next step is buy a beekeeping book.  We recommend " First Lessons in Beekeeping", "Storey's Guide to Keeping Bees" There are a ton of books out there but this a good one that will get you started.  

The next step is to find a beekeeping mentor that will help you answer all the questions.


FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA


You may want to follow us on Facebook/SC State Beekeepers.  We can help you with questions too.  The State Assoc. offers a bee class at our summer meeting.  When you become a State Member you will get notification of all our events.  Visit our website often to stay informed.


WHEN TO START


The spring is a good place to start keeping bees.  So you have time between now and then to research and get involved in the meetings.  


GET STARTED


Wow, that is your homework assignment!  Get Busy!



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