Welcome to Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers' Association

We want to welcome anyone who wants to learn about bees. There has been a greater awareness of the plight of honeybees and the need for the firm action to be taken to prevent their decline. Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers' Association is working in our local area to have the same focus as the rest of the world and we are trying to care for the health and sustainability of bees in our local area. The bee decline is of concern to everyone as it should be. The colony environment is vital for the survival of the bees. There are many different factors to contribute to the health of the bees. Berks and Schuylkill Beekeepers' Association welcomes you and there is an incredible amount of information here. Stay a while and learn what you can today! We welcome you back again and again. We will update the site as needed with new information and keep you up to date on any new research or documentation out there. Our blog will focus on topics in the news today!

Apiary Registration

Pennsylvania State Law requires every Beekeeper in the Commonwealth be registered.  The registration costs $10.00 for a two year period and covers all apiaries and hives owned by the individual.  It is critically important the state keep track of all beehives or apiaries in the PA area to assure the health of the bees.

Bee Crisis

For some time now, there has been for greater awareness of the plight of honeybees the need for action, to prevent the decline of them.  At present honeybees around the world are dying and answers are not completely definitive.

Bee Hive Inspections

The current Bee Law, passed in 1994, was a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry.   The cost of registration is $10 for two calendar years.

About Us

Our members represent all levels of beekeeping expertise.  We welcome new Beekeepers to join us and benefit from the wealth of experience and knowledge represented by our members.  Many of our members operate large scale apiaries both private and commercial; others are novice or beginners but we can all learn together.

Beekeepers Blog

To provide information from both the local area and from around the world! Provide information to help new beekeepers' learn how to get started and provide a resource for information.

Bee Venom Cures HIV!

Scientists have recently found that a key ingredient in bee venom destroys HIV without harming other cells. The researchers loaded the toxin, called mellitin, onto nanoparticles fashioned with “bumpers” that normal, larger cells bounced off of unharmed. HIV is small enough that it fits between the bumpers and makes contact with the surface of the […]

21 Nov, 2015 Cath

Bee Flight Pattern Studied!

There is a new study to suggest the flight patterns and maneuverability of honeybees is altered by the weight of their loads and type of food they carry.   Bees are very capable aviators and navigators but scientists wanted to see how their flying varies when carrying pollen and nectar.   The scientist developed a wind tunnel […]

21 Sep, 2015 Cath

Bees Use Medicinal Flowers In the Field!

New research shows infected bees of parasite issues seek out the nectar and pollen of flowers with medicinal qualities. The determination was made wild bees are proactive and resourceful when it comes to helping themselves.   There are iridoid glycosides, found in floral nectar and it is found this reduces the parasite loads of infected […]

21 Sep, 2015 Cath

Appeals Court – Worried About Bees!

A federal appeals court Thursday blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously disappeared across the country in recent years. In 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately study the use of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor before approving it for use on a wide […]

21 Sep, 2015 Cath

Beekeeping, Helps Former Inmates!

The North Lawndale Employment Network Mission (NLEN) of Chicago, Illinois, specifically, in the North Lawndale community, launched an employment program to help those in tremendous need.  They assist many in the need of work in the community but one of their targets is former inmates.  The NLEN believes people with a difficult past should have […]

25 Aug, 2015 Cath

New, Easy Method of Honey Extraction From the Hive!

Here is a new and exciting method of honey extraction from your hives. Honey extraction is usually a pretty extensive process to obtain the honey! I know because we just extracted honey last week, it was extensive and exhausting!  It took most the day, we started about nine, in the AM and did not wrap […]

17 Aug, 2015 Cath

Benefits of Honey!

Benefits of honey have been seen for centuries, honey has been used for the antibacterial/anti-fungal characteristics.  Honey is a natural antibiotic, which can be used both internally and externally. It has been studied and the benefits of honey have a very high anti-bacterial attributes and some honey like Manuka Tree honey from New Zealand have […]

10 Aug, 2015 Cath

Restaurants Rooftop Beehives!

Beekeeping is becoming more common place with many restaurants maintaining rooftop beehives. Some restaurants feature special evenings when they celebrate honey. Using this amazing sweetener in their food and dishes offered at their restaurants. Their rooftop beehives help them to be able to help the bees but also provide their restaurant with delicious honey   […]

8 Aug, 2015 Cath

Africanized Honeybees! Recent Hospitalizations – Arizona!

Currently, in recent weeks, some areas in Arizona have had the very aggressive Africanized honeybee causing menacing issues with people being stung excessively. This species of honeybees is smaller in size than a European honeybees and they are known to sting individuals excessively. This particularly aggressive strain of honeybee is responsible for some people getting […]

8 Aug, 2015 Cath

Queen Bees Create Vaccines for Their Young!

Scientist now understand, Queen Bees instinctively vaccinate their young bees in the birth process. It was great when scientists first invented vaccinations for our young children, we were happy, except for some of the side effects. The scientist were praised for these great tools they provided to help our children to be healthier. We were […]

8 Aug, 2015 Cath

World Bee Day!

How great would a “World Bee Day!” for the benefit of bees be? Bringing focus to the dwindling numbers of bees throughout the world. Almost every day, there is some international observance day. We have an International Day of Peace, International Day of Peace, World Vegetarian Day, World Diabetes Day. Now is the time to […]

7 Aug, 2015 Cath

Bees & Pesticides – Neonicotinoids!

The increase of “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD), in which adult bees abandon their hives, is not new in the news! We have been dealing with this new disorder affecting the honeybee population for approximately a decade. Pesticides have long been thought to be a contributing factor to this disorder. Pesticides containing neonicotinoids are a class […]

6 Aug, 2015 Cath

General Information – Honeybees!

Honeybees have long provided humans with honey, bee venom, propolis, pollen and beeswax.   Such commercial uses have spawned a large beekeeping industry, though many species still occur in the wild.   Honeybees are cooperative, even social insects and live in domestic or self-made wild hives.   A beehive generally have three types of  inhabitants, which includes worker […]

4 Aug, 2015 Cath

Construction Worker Dies From Bee Sting – Endangered Bees!

Workers grading a site for a parking lot hit an underground sprinkler vault but they did not know it housed a beehive in Riverside, California.  The bees feeling threatened started to sting a few workers who were nearest to the vault. The construction workers panicked and became fearful.  They ran away from the bees and some […]

4 Aug, 2015 Cath

Bees Giving a Flight Grief! Endangered Honeybees!

There was a swarm of bees that essentially decided to try to make an airplane home and delayed a flight.  Initially, these bees were found in the cargo hold of a flight in Kolkata, India and after they were chased out, then they were back this time nesting on the cockpit window.  The bee then […]

4 Aug, 2015 Cath

Silence In Fields!

Farmers report there is quiet silence in their farms, fields and gardens.   In past years, when they would go out in the early mornings to harvest their farm, there could always be heard the “humming” of the busy honeybees as the rest of the world is quiet.   As they look around, they see the […]

22 Jul, 2015 Cath

Bees At Airports!

The practice of maintaining beehives on airport property began in Germany a decade and a half ago and has spread.  It has now reached Seattle, Chicago and St. Louis in the United States. The bees give airports a public relations friendly way to show off their green side and find a use for land that […]

22 Jul, 2015 Cath

Allentown Municipal Golf Course – Bee Friendly!

Adjacent to the fifteenth green at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, used to be a pile of dirt.   It was at least ten feet high, covered in weeds and once an eyesore.   This plot of land now is part of an international program to restore the honeybee population.   Additionally, it is also part of a […]

22 Jul, 2015 Cath

Bees Delay Flight!

A Delta flight departing Pittsburgh International Airport for NYC on Wednesday was delayed when thousands of bees swarmed the plane’s wing. The buzzing critters flew and clung to the craft’s wing just as the plane’s crew was preparing to fuel it.  Since the bees are a protected species and legally they cannot be killed.  A […]

22 Jul, 2015 Cath

Welcome To Beekeeper’s Blog!

Welcome to the Berks and  Schuylkill Beekeeper’s Association Blog!   We are so happy you have joined us here and we hope you will learn a lot about bees and beekeeping.  We have many, many experienced Beekeepers who are here to help you learn how to care for your bees and your hives.   A honey […]

22 Jul, 2015 Cath

Honeybees Are Important to You!

Many people think of honeybees simply as a summertime nuisance.  These small and hard-working insects actually make it possible for many of your favorite foods to reach your table. We have the honeybees to thank for our apples to our almonds to our pumpkins and the pumpkin or apple pie we make for our families. […]

12 Jul, 2015 Cath