There are many beekeepers who will remove a swarm or unwanted hive from your property.  You can contact a local beekeeping association for a beekeeper or contact a beekeeper directly who offers the service.

Local beekeeper associations may accept new or used equipment in good condition.
To find local association contact information go to the Local Association Map and select the county where you live. If your county does not have a local association listed then search for an adjacent county.

Although KRS 252 does not define honey bees as livestock, anyone wanting to become a beekeeper should check with the local county clerk to see if there are ordinances in place restricting beehives.  So, as long as there is not a nuisance ordinance, homeowners have a right to maintain a beehive on their property.  Precautions should be considered for elderly people, tethered animals, or small children in the vicinity of hives.
Beekeepers also should anticipate problems such as honey bees getting salts from swimming pools, or swarms that present an alarming sight.  This year, cicadas are set to emerge, and people’s fears, already stoked because of the Asian Giant Hornet, will be even more heightened.

If beekeepers are bringing hives across the state line, they can email the Kentucky State Apiarist their health certificate.  If beekeepers are taking hives out of state, they need to email Kentucky State Apiarist to arrange an inspection date.  If beekeepers are simply moving bees across county lines within state boundaries, no inspection is needed.

What to do is published on the Kentucky Deparment of Agriculture State Apiarist website.  Look for Standard Operating Procedures for Reporting a Pesticide Kill to Division of Environmental Services
To be placed on a mosquito no spray list contact Tammy Robinson
To be notified of agricultural pesticide spraying go to the POLLINATOR PROTECTION PROGRAM EMAIL NOTIFICATION WEB APP

There is no registration of beehives required in Kentucky; however, you can register to be notified when agricultural pesticide or mosquito control spraying occurs in your area.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture Pollinator Protection Stakeholder Plan has a registry that is free. 
To be placed on a mosquito no spray list contact Tammy Robinson

The USDA Bee Research Laboratory offers a Bee Disease Diagnosis Service where you can send samples. Follow the Submission of Samples for Diagnosis instructions.

Yes! Kentucky State Beekeepers Association has monthly meetings where important information is presented and decisions are made. All Local Beekeeper Association Presidents or their designated alternates are invited to attend and participate in discussions and vote on decisions.

All meetings are conducted under Robert’s Rules of Order to ensure orderly discussion and equal representation.

Yes! All approved meeting minutes are published on the KSBA website at Approval of the minutes are voted on at the next regularly scheduled meeting and posted on the website.

The invitation list is updated as Local Beekeeper Associations update their directory listing on the KSBA website. From the KSBA website home page select Local Associations Update Information. Alternatively, send an email with the information that you need updated.

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