We know bees, you can too!

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers’ Association is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that supports an active beekeeping community and promotes the art and science of bees and beekeeping to the public through education, events and services.
Meeting Schedule

We have in-person MABA meetings! We will continue to use Zoom for meetings along with in-person meetings until further notice.

17 May 22 – Michael Young
19 Jul 22 – Michael Minardi
16 Aug 22
September – may have potluck social and honey show
18 Oct 22 – Workshops
15 Nov 22 – Dr. Keith Delaplane
December – may have Holiday party

Be sure to check out the hive inspections including virtual options!

Jeff with Swarm

If you see honey bee swarm – a ball of bees in a tree or bush – that means they are seeking a new home. Help us find a good home for these bees – you don’t want them nesting in your house. We will send a local member out to retrieve the colony for a better chance at survival.

Please call Dave Marshall at 812-369-0401 right away before the swarm flies off to its new home.

Before you call, please have the following information:

  • How long has the swarm been at this location?
  • What is the exact address of the property where the swarm is located?
  • How high off the ground is the swarm?
  • Is the swarm in a structure or on a tree, bush, fence etc.?
  • What size is it? Softball? Cantaloupe? Football? Basketball?
  • Is there a phone number where you can be reached?
  • Can you take a photo of the swarm as close-up as you feel comfortable?

If you are not viewing this from a smartphone, call 812-369-0401.

MABA Calendar

Aug
16
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Aug 16 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Aug
27
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
Aug 27 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/08272022RuckerParkHiveInspectionwithEdHoehn_1

Sep
2
Fri
Hive Inspection @ Chastain Park with Jay Parsons
Sep 2 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/09022022chastainparkhiveinspectionwithjayparsons_1

Sep
20
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Sep 20 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Sep
29
Thu
Hive Inspection @ Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
Sep 29 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/09292022ruckerparkhiveinspectionwithedhoehn_1

Oct
18
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) – Workshops
Oct 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Nov
15
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) – Keith Delaplane
Nov 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Dec
20
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Dec 20 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Jan
17
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Jan 17 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held IN PERSON and virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Jan
28
Sat
MABA One Day Beekeeping Course 2023
Jan 28 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping
Come to the MABA One Day Beekeeping Course to learn the fundamentals of beekeeping from our panel of experts. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees, even if a hive is not in your immediate future.

Setting up new hives must be done in the spring, generally from March to May. This course is offered in January to give potential beekeepers time to order bees and equipment and prepare a site for hives. Since the course takes place in January, our classroom course will not involve live bees. During the spring and summer months, hands-on experience with live bees will be available to all Beekeeping Course students through the MABA Hive Inspection program. In the MABA Hive Inspections, small groups go through a beehive with an experienced beekeeper in one of several MABA hive locations in the Atlanta area.

THIS FORM WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, OR EARLIER IF THE EVENT SELLS OUT.
 

Where
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
When 
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:40. Course ends at 4:30 PM
Fee
Fee for the one day course is $110 per person
What’s Included
Current information on beekeeping and how to get started
First class presentations by educators in entomology and botany as well as experienced urban beekeepers
One year membership to MABA 
Continental Breakfast
Lunch and beverages

Each participant will receive:
Keith S. Delaplane’s book First Lessons In Beekeeping
Beekeeping Supplier Catalogs
List of sources to obtain bees

There will also be a beekeeping vendor onsite.

FAQs
Can children enroll?

We don’t have a firm age limit. This is an all day classroom course for people who want to learn how to keep bees. It is up to you to determine if your child would be comfortable in this format.
Are there discounts for families/seniors/etc?
We are not able to offer discounts.
What’s the cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel before December 15 you may have a refund minus our processing fees. If it’s after December 15 we can only issue a refund (minus our processing fees) in case of emergencies.
Email us with any other questions at MABAShortCourse@gmail.com

Membership not Required

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Annual Picnic and Honey Contest held in September may be scheduled for a different day than the regular meeting day. Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Everyone interested in honey bees is welcome!

PRUMC Map

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

macayran @ Pixabay, carpenter bee on pink flower

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association is a club for honey bee keepers. There’s really no such thing as “keeping” or “moving” carpenter bees, but here is some basic information if you’re concerned about carpenter bees in your home. Freshly stained/painted wood doesn’t attract carpenter bees. There’s a brief page on them in this booklet published by the USDA that refers to this: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf —scroll down to page 10 People report diminished carpenter bee activity on freshly sealed or painted wood.    A great natural solution is to nail up (in an unobtrusive place) a 2 x 4 section of untreated lumber- it can be under your deck or anywhere that isn’t going to be an eyesore. The carpenter bees will eat that up and leave your house alone. If it’s a large log house or deck, nail up several.  You can also try spraying peppermint oil solution on the spots where the bees are drilling in your wood and that will deter them in a less toxic way. (If you can reach their holes, put toothpaste in them.) You may have to keep applying it in the springtime, but after breeding season activity will fall off. Carpenter bees are great pollinators and are not aggressive to humans and pets. We encourage you to try some peppermint spray, or else seal/paint the wood, or, if the integrity of the structure isn’t at risk, just leave them bee. These are very gentle bees and not likely to sting anyone. The pesticides that an exterminator uses for carpenter bees does kill honey bees.

Carpenter bees and bumble bees are similar and size and sometimes in coloring. 

The carpenter bee is not as fuzzy as the bumble and has only a small amount of hair on its middle abdomen. Some carpenter bee species are all black while some have similar yellow markings to the bumble bee but only on their head. The lower abdomen has little to no hair and appears black and shiny which is why they are occasionally referred to as black bees. 

The carpenter bee also has hairier back legs than the bumble bee which, like honey bees, has special structures called pollen baskets to carry pollen back to its nest.

Beekeeping is Sweet!