The Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers meet generally on the third Thursday of the month. Check the Events Page for more locations and other information.
The Friendly Beekeepers of Iowa (FBI) meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from March through October at 6:30 pm. with a speaker or a roundtable discussion. Meetings are held at Calvary Baptist Church, 2708 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125. Contact is Judy Spence.
If you think you need a honey bee removal, check out >this page< or >this page< to confirm that you have honey bees.
MAKE SURE THEY ARE HONEY BEES AND LOOK LIKE THIS:
If the ‘bee’ has yellow legs and/or yellow face, it is not a honey bee.
If the ‘bee’ has no hair/fuzz, it is not a honey bee.
If the ‘bee’ has a thread-like waist, it is not a honey bee.
If it is black and bright yellow, it is not a honey bee.
If they are flying in and out of a hole in the ground or a railroad tie, they are probably not honey bees.
If you see a structure like either of these, you have wasps:
Once you know they are honey bees, if you have any of the following, use the contact form (here) for a removal assessment or better yet, call or text a photo ASAP because swarms usually leave after a couple hours: Julia (515) 988-1828.
Honey bee swarm. A random clump of bees hanging from an elevated surface, not feeding on flowers
Established colony in a structure or living tree
Downed tree with an established colony
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