Methods of Splitting Hives & Swarm Preparation

During the months of April & May in Maryland we enter the prime time for making splits and capturing swarms. This discussion will cover hive splitting methodologies for creating new hives and preventing swarms. We’ll also discuss swarm response and options for swarms post-recapture.

Charles DeBarber is the Animal Caretaker at Baltimore City’s Filbert Street Garden. At Filbert Street Garden he manages Maryland’s largest community garden beeyard encompassing 25+ hives. He is known as a local “swarm chaser” in the region capturing feral bees each spring.