Nanaimo Beekeepers Club

Asian Giant Hornet – Monitoring on the Central Island 2021

Asian Giant Hornet – Monitoring on the Central Island 2021

In 2020, there were no confirmed sightings on Vancouver Island. Two more years of monitoring are needed to declare Vancouver Island free and clear of the Asian Giant Hornet (AGH). Half of the confirmed sighting in 2020 in Washington State were from private citizens rather than from traps, and all confirmed BC sightings were reported rather than found in traps.

Farm Crime – Invasion of the Murder Hornets

Farm Crime – Invasion of the Murder Hornets

Dedicated beekeepers in British Columbia discover the first “murder hornet” nest in North America, and wage war against the honeybee’s deadliest natural predator.

Swarm Catching

Swarm Catching

All you need to know about catching a swarm of bees!

Queen Acceptance and Queen Supersedure

Queen Acceptance and Queen Supersedure

Video by Bob Binnie regarding issues with queen acceptance and queen supersedure were addressed at a meeting of the Charleston Area Beekeepers Association in Charleston, SC.

Why did my Honey Bees die?

Why did my Honey Bees die?

Learning to identify a common cause of winter death in northern climates.
by Megan Milbrath, Michigan State University Extension, 2018


As we had to cancel our in-person club meetings for a while, we offering online meetings that will still allow us to connect, learn and talk about our bees.

As a member you will receive the invites to all sessions. If you not currently a member but would like to join one of our meetings please email us and we be happy to send you an invitation

The Nanaimo Beekeepers Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month (excluding July, August, and December) at 7PM



Virtual Meetings

As a member you will receive an email with all the details on how to log on.

Upcoming Events

To be updated soon

Swarm Control

Please do your part to save Honey Bee Population
We are Happy to come and remove a swarm of bees safely and for FREE
Call us at
or send us a message on Facebook
We do not deal with any insects other than honey bees. ie – paper wasps or bumble bees

From one make two

Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees.

When to expect them

Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, but occasional swarms can happen throughout the season.

Is it dangerous?

They are focused on finding a new nest, not on attacking. That said, it is important to keep your distance from swarming bees, because if the bees feel threatened, then it is possible they will sting.

What to do?

Do not attempt to move or destroy the swarm. Such attempts could seriously back fire.
Contact us and we will remove the swarm safely and ensure they find an appropriate new home.

Here is some more information about swarming bees:

Please send us the address/location of the swarm and a phone number you can be contacted at by the person who will be coming to collect the bee  swarm.  Some of the information we might ask is:

1)   Where is the swarm?
2)   How high of the ground is it?
3)   How big is the cluster of bees (the size of a baseball, a football, a soccer ball, a basketball or bigger)?
4)   Do you know approximately how long the swarm has been there?

Want to become a Beekeeper?

What you always wanted to know about Bees

Am I allowed to have bees?

Nanaimo’s bylaw allows for up to 3 colonies on any parcel of land under 1 acre, more on larger properties.
Check out the bylaws on

Will I get stung?

Honeybees are vegetarian, so unlike wasps or hornets, they have no interest in you or your picnic. They will only sting in defense. But all that said, yes, as a beekeeper you probably will get stung.

How much work is it?

More than a cat, but less than a dog. Once an apiary is set up, most beekeepers spend 5 to 30 minutes checking their colonies twice a month between March and October. Most of the work is done by the bees, they even clean up if you take some honey.

How much does it cost?

Like many hobbies, beekeeping has initial startup expenses for equipment and bees, but beyond that, cost is minimal. Most people spend between $250 – $750 for equipment, bees and training. Feeling handy? build your own hive! Plans are available online.

How much honey will i get?

Unfortunately, this is an impossible question to answer. It depends entirely on the weather, your hive, and its location. As much as 75lb per hive, or as little as nothing.

Any Questions? 

Please get in touch

Contact Us

For issues with swarms, and beekeeping or bee club information email or contact us via Facebook