Frequently Asked Questions

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I found a swarm. What should I do?

One service our club provides to the community is swarm removal. We have contacts listed in the Swarm Section that would be happy to help.

How can I join?

Prospective members can join by attending any meeting and paying the annual dues of $10 per family. Membership is also included in the fee for the annual Beginning Beekeeping Class held each February.

What is the benefit of becoming a member?

Our club provides a team of experienced Advisors to help our members when they have questions or concerns with their hives. Members also have access to our annual package order at an often discounted bulk rate. Read more about other benefits and how to join on our Membership page.

Do I need to do anything to protect my hive from bears or other predators?

Several members have had black bears damage or destroy their hives and sightings happen frequently in the rural counties surrounding Richmond. The club recommends you use an electric fence to protect your investment. You can read more about setting up a fence in our presentation on Protecting Your Hives From Bears And Other Predators .

Is an electric fence really necessary? Can't I just use a regular chain link or wooden fence?

The short answer is no. Bears are VERY capable climbers and have been photographed scaling various types of fences and other PHYSICAL barriers. An electric fence serves as a MENTAL barrier by delivering a shock that will scare off a predator and deter them from any future attempts of accessing your hives.