Time to register your Hive

Time to register your Hive

Maintaining healthy honey bee colonies is very important to Maryland agriculture. Crops valued in excess of $40 million require or benefit from honey bee pollination in the State. Managed colonies are increasingly important since most wild honey bees have died due to parasitic mites.

Apiary inspectors work with beekeepers to help them maintain healthy colonies. Inspectors visit about two-thirds of Maryland’s apiaries (sites where bee colonies are kept) each year and examine colonies for diseases and pests. Beekeepers are advised on how to treat problems found. To request an inspection of your honey bee colonies e-mail cybil.preston@maryland.gov

Maryland Law requires everyone who keeps bees to register their colonies within 30 days of first obtaining a honey bee colony and then annually thereafter.

Registration is easy and FREE! Just download this form LINK

Complete it and email it to cybil.preston@maryland.gov

You can also mail it to the address on the form