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The U.S. EPA has issued an advisory to clarify what pesticides and active ingredients are permitted to control Varroa mites. Click here to read the complete advisory. 

We are fortunate to have very active beekeepers in Onslow County. Many are members of the Onslow County Beekeepers Association which is a charter member of the North Carolina State Beekeeping Association. Members include backyard keepers to commercial operators, NC Certified beekeepers, Journeymen, Master, and even a Master Craftsman beekeeper!

Onslow County Beekeepers Association logo

Onslow County Beekeepers Association logo

Bee Enlightened! Learn more about honey bees through the Onslow Co Beekeeping Association! You don’t have to be a member to attend a meeting.

  • Meeting Date:  2nd Tuesday of every Month (except June)
  • Time:  7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Location: Onslow Co Parks: Hines Farm Park & Stables, 1259 McCallister Rd., Jacksonville

Click here for more information about the Onslow Co Beekeeping Association

Join them on their Facebook page to stay up to date with all things bees!

Honey Bee Swarms

Honey bees will swarm any time of the year, but there tend to be more sightings in early Spring. Honey bees will swarm for several reasons but the main one is to reproduce. When the colony grows and the bees determine it is outgrowing it’s current hive, they make preparations to swarm.

It seems early but there have already been several reports of honey bee swarms in Onslow County.

Find a swarm of honey bees? Do not spray or disturb them. Honey bees are generally docile during this time as they are re-locating to a new “home”. They will land to rest and move on within a few hours.

Members of Onslow County Beekeepers Association can help to remove a swarm!

Click here for more information on swarm removal.

2024 Journeyman Test PrepJourneyman Test Prep

  • Are you a NC Certified Beekeeper?
  • Have you gained experience and completed your service requirements?
  • Do you need help preparing for the Journeyman exam at the NC State Beekeepers Association summer conference?

The Journeyman Test Prep will review Advanced Honey Bee Biology, Advanced Honey Bee Pests & Disease and Hive Management. Bring your notes and your questions!

Date: June 1, 2024

Time: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location:  Onslow Co Parks: Hines Farm Park & Stables, 1259 McCallister Rd., Jacksonville

Click here to register!

For additional information, contact Marie Schweinefus:

(910) 455-5873