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Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory http://fmel.ifas.ufl.edu

  Last update: 07/25/2013 This page is maintained by Dan Culbert 

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Links to more AHB information: 

UF/IFAS African Honeybee Extension Program Home Page

Featured Creature UF/IFAS webpage: Africanized Honeybee

Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services - African Honey Bee page

View Video on-line: Africanized Bees: Coping With the Challenge  Length: 23:30

USDA Invasive Species Information Center

Brevard County Extension ABH webpage

News Releases:

Bee Proofing your Florida Yard  Okeechobee News 4/21/2008 and Okeechobee Times 4/24/2008 

Bee aware: Look, listen, run  Okeechobee News, 4/17/2008

Information about Africanized Honeybees Okeechobee Co. Emergency Mgt. Office. office  

Local man dies after bee attack  Okeechobee News, 4/12/2008

Okeechobee County Man Stung By Bees Dies  Florida Dept. of Agriculture (press release) 4/11/2008

Training Programs

Contact this office if your company need group training or can use copies of training materials offered by UF.

UF/IFAS Okeechobee Extension & FDACS/DPI held training programs on Africanized Honeybees (AHB) in Okeechobee County on 4/15/ 2008 &  4/17/2008. Archived program flyer: OkeechobeeAHB.Training4.15.2008.pdf 

 

Local Bee Removal Professionals

Choosing the Right Pest Control Operator for Honey Bee Removal: A Consumer Guide   A UF bulletin describing what consumers can expect from a professional bee removal service

UF/IFAS Okeechobee Extension Service does not endorse or recommend any of these vendors over any other. These professionals have requested that they be listed here as a service to the community.  If you know of other licensed and trained pest management professionals that work in the Okeechobee area and should be listed here, please have them contact the webmaster. Because of the rural nature of our community, removal costs may be higher because of the distance from the removal companies to this county. 

Alpine Bee Farms  -  Ronnie Sharpton  - Palm City  

1-800-668-6602

Bee Guys - Ricky Rudd  -   Clewiston/Labelle 

863-673-2603

Clarke Pest Control -  Donald & Tina Clarke

local Okeechobee phone - 357-6000  or  (toll free)   866-896-6622 

DAD's Pest Control   -   Dennis & Shawna Dunn - Okeechobee

863-467-8707    or  561-644-2950 

Perry Pest Protection - Bryant & Jamie Perry - 

5270 NW 30th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972

863-763-8155  

Pioneer Pest Control - Fred Goudey - Okeechobee 

1- 800-334-6917 x 200

Willie the Bee Man - Miami   

Ask for Andre at:   1-877-633-BEES 

 Beekeeping Information 

 

Local beekeepers have recently formed an organization to support the industry and teach hobbyists how to raise bees correctly: Information about the Treasure Coast Beekeepers can be fond online at their website: www.Tcbeekeepers.org.  They also maintain a Facebook page. Regular meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.  
Location: Classroom of the St Lucie County Extension, 8400 Picos Road, Fort Pierce.
Contact: Email TCBeekeepers@gmail.com,

Local bee hive managers must hold Beekeepers licensees issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture.  They  may be available to discuss how hives are managed. Local beekeepers include:

Jacob Weeks 763-3003 

 

Bureau of Plant & Apiary Inspection (FDACS/DPI) The Florida Department of Agriculture regulates beekeepers and licenses persons who have beehives.  Details are available on their webpage: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/plantinsp/apiary/apiary.html 

The Department maintains a state list of companies that have both Pest Control licenses AND have received training in bee removal.  Click here to download the  Nest/Swarm Removal Contact List .  This list is for reference purposes only. (It is an Excel file select individual county pages at bottom left.)  Note: Please contact our office if you can not download or open this Spreadsheet file.  

Local  (District 12)  FDACS Apiary Inspector:
Richard Dunaway
Richard.Dunaway@freshfromflorida.com 
Telephone: 863-298-7711   
Sebring, FL 33870-4864