Colony Management Services

The Bee Squad works with property owners across Maryland and DC to manage their colonies so that they can enjoy the benefits of having bees without all the work. As part of the management service, we collect vital information such as nutrition inputs, pest levels, and the general health of the colonies. Your bees will contribute to the science of good beekeeping by allowing us to create regional best management practices based on local data and contribute to the national conversation amongst beekeepers and scientists on how to make our bees thrive.

For more information on the program please contact us to set up a consultation.

Program Requirements

  • You purchase the bees and equipment (we can provide assistance)
  • A location for the hive approved by a Bee Squad team member
  • A place to store extra equipment accessible to Bee Squad personnel
  • At this time we are only able to service the following counties in Maryland:
    • Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Saint Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington

Service fees and equipment cost

Management Services

  • Corporate
    • First colony annual cost – $1,500
    • Addition colonies- $400 (each)
  • Family
    • First colony annual cost – $1,200
    • Additional colonies- $400 (each)

Additional Cost

  • Basic hive setup (if you would like us to provide a hive for you)
    • $500 (estimate depending on the options you chose)
  • Additional supers and honey bottling
    • Inquire for cost

Sentinel Apiary Program

The Bee Squad is partnering with the Bee Informed Partnership to offer participants the opportunity to increase the information their hive provides by enrolling in the Sentinel Apiary program. You will need a minimum of 4 hives to participate. You can lean more about the program here!

Cost

  • 4 colonies – $275
  • 8 colonies- $499

Pricing (at cost) includes all materials needed to take samples, as well as labor to process your samples in  our diagnostics lab. We highly recommend sampling 8 colonies, and using a hive scale to provide the most robust data; however, hive scales are optional. Click here to learn more about compatible hive scale options.

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