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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about bees and beekeeping? Information about bees and beekeeping can be found at your local library, and on the Internet, but we believe you will find the best beekeeping information by attending our club meetings and classes.

Usually in January of each year we conduct classes on the art of beekeeping. The classes are usually conduct by an Akansas State Apiary inspector or a University of Arkansas Apiculture expert.  See announcements page about classes each year.
Is beekeeping something I can do in a subdivision? Many of our members live in subdivisions. However, your subdivision and/or the city may have some rules or laws about beekeeping. You need to verify this before you move bees into your neighborhood.

You should check your liability insurance coverage.  Some underwriters will no longer cover locations with colonies of bees.
How do I get started in beekeeping? We would never discourage a do-it-yourself approach and there are some good beginners' books.  However, we would recommend that you first take the beekeeping class which we offer each winter.
How can I get bees removed from my home or a building on my property?

HELP! I have bees in my tree.
We maintain a "swarm list" of beekeepers who are willing and qualified for many jobs like this.

Jim Pickett maintains this list.  If you need assistance with honey bees in one of your walls or if you have a swarm of bees please contact him at:
479.530.5534 or 479.521.0433
Is beekeeping appropriate for my children? Yes it is. In fact, we encourage children in or near teen age to get involved in beekeeping. If a member of your family has the potential for an allergic reaction to insect stings, we recommend additional research into beekeeping before starting a colony.

If your children are 4-H age they might want to apply for a beekeeping scholarship. See the Scholarship page.
Does the NWABA have a honey extractor or other equipment?
Yes. The association has an extractor, hot knife, and uncapping containers that you can borrow.  However, you must be a dues-paying member of the association to borrow it.  David Cheek manages the extraction equipment. Contact David at 479.466.6846 or
Does the NWABA have any books or video's about beekeeping?
Yes, but the NWABA is currently looking for a 'librarian' to keep this material, bring it back and forth to meetings, and maintain an check-out record. If you're interested in volunteering for this, please let Brad know.
Why are my bees acting in this way.  They are doing strange things.
At each meeting we have a question and answer session. This maybe a question that you can ask there. If you are confused, others may also be confused.  The answer may help many others.

Contact one of our knowledgeable beekeepers who have agreed to assist association beekeepers with their questions.

Does NWABA offer a scholarship or assistance program for the youth interested in beekeeping as a 4H project?
At this time NWABA offers an Apprenticeship program. See the Apprenticeship Program  for details.