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Swarm Removal
Do you have unwanted honey bees on your property? These beekeepers will take those bees away.
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WillBees Member Resources

WillBees Official Logo
PDF vector logo, official (v2)
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Beekeeping Resources
Our online, constantly updated list of useful links and reading suggestions for beekeepers.
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Education Boxes
WillBees maintains three Education Boxes that are freely available for our members who want to present bee-related topics.
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Extractor Rental
Members can rent our club honey extractor.
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Lending Library
Our growing collection of materials that are available for active members to borrow.
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Village Status
Check our notes regarding which villages and towns in Will County allow beekeeping.
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Honey

Local Honey Sellers

Links

Labels for Honey Jars or Bottles
An infographic featuring interesting stats and tips such as the reasons behind CCD syndrome, how to prevent it, and how to label your honey jar.
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21 Buzzworthy Facts About Bees [Infographic]
Facts and figures about the state of honeybees in the US today.
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Organizations

American Beekeeping Federation
Heartland Apiculture Society
IL Bees and Apiary Program
Links at the top of the page will provide you with the rules and apiary registration form.
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IL State Beekeeper's Association
IL State Beekeepers Guild
State association
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National Honey Board

Publications

The Speedy Bee
Bee Culture
American Bee Journal

Package Bees

2017 Package Bees Now Available

Services for Beekeepers

Cut Out Agreement
This document is a starter for making your own contract between a beekeeper and a property owner related to performing cut-outs, bee removal, and other services. This document was not crafted by a lawyer and may not be suitable for all locations or purposes. It is not legal advice.
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Tomasik Grove Bee Products & Gifts
Offers custom or pre-made generic marketing items including labels, logos, packaging, brochures, and the like.
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Insurance
Insurance for selling honey or bee related products starting at $250 a year. Ask for Bill. I'm also a member of Will Bees
Phone: 815-254-7900
Email: Bill@parinsurance.com
Address:
PAR Insurance Services
14722 S Naperville Rd
Suite 116
Plainfield, IL 60544
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Hivetracks.com
Free site for hive record keeping for computer /phone. Can use QKR code on hive to fill out inspection form on site. Other features includes local beekeepers on map.
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BuzzWorthy BeeWorks
Manufacturer and supplier of beekeeping equipment in Lockport, IL. 10 and 8 frame equipment, assembled and unassembled
Phone: 815-600-9633
Address:
17755 S Gougar Rd
Lockport, IL 60441
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Equipment Sales
Find local woodenware and bee equipment producers.
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DriftWatch
Register your apiaries and avoid pesticide sprays in your bee yards.
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Education

Making Honey From Flowers: A Guide to Bees
Guide to Bee Keeping
The History of Beekeeping, An Introduction to Beekeeping, Choosing and Setting up a Beehive, How to Start Beekeeping, Collecting Honey from your Beehive, Storing and Selling Honey, How to Protect your Beehive from Pests and Diseases, Local Rules and Regulations, Useful Links
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Organic Gardening Resource Center
What to plant and when? Simply enter the date when you anticipate frost in your garden. Indicate whether you'll be using a season extender such as row cover.
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Monthly Mentoring Meeting
WillBees member Mike Rusnak operates a beekeepers mentoring program that meets at 12:30pm on the first Sunday of each month. The location is the Plum Creek Nature Center in the Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve of Will County. There is an observation hive at the nature center. There is no cost, and no set agenda. Beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping gather to exchange ideas in an open forum. (East of 394 between Beecher and Crete)
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Races of Bees
A description of the types of honeybees and the distinctions between them.
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Practical Uses of Beeswax
A breakdown of some of the ways beeswax can be used.
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Tools for Varroa Management
All beekeepers should remain vigilant to detect high Varroa mite levels and be prepared to take timely action in order to reduce mite loads. Effective mite control will reduce colony losses and avoid potential spread of infectious disease among colonies.
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Monitoring Mites
A method to count mites using an alcohol wash.
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Mead Making
Presentation and instructions for a very simple mead (honey wine) using commonly available equipment.
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University of Illinois Pollinatarium
Visit this Urbana-Champaign pollination exhibit and support it with your donation.
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Become a Member

Becoming a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association has a growing list of benefits.
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Association Meetings

2017

2016 Meeting Topics

Meetings are 7-9pm at:
Will County Farm Bureau
100 Manhattan Rd
Joliet, IL 60433
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