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Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association

A branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association serving Hunterdon and Warren Counties

Welcome to the Northwest New Jersey Beekeeper's Association

We are dedicated to promoting the general interest in the support of bee culture.  Our branch, made up of 100+ members primarily serves Hunterdon and Warren Counties.  We are one of the ten branches of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.



Hunterdon County 4H Fair

The Hunterdon County Fair runs from Wednesday Aug 23 through Sun Aug. 27th.

Volunteering For the Fair

Visit our Volunteer Sign Up Page

Please help out the NWNJBA by signing up for a time slot at the Hunterdon County Fair beekeeping booth. During this time, you can help with selling honey, answering questions and handing out brochures. Thank you for your help! .

Participate in the Honey Show

Exhibit your honey at the fair

Click the link to learn about participating in the annual honey show.  Some details for getting entries in and the rules are posted for review.


Visit our Fair Page for Details in how to Participate

We created a Hunterdon County Fair page for our volunteers.  Click the link below to get information about dates, times, directions, fair passes, honey show details and more.

Uncontrolled Varroa
= Dead Hives

It is likely that you will not be able to see the mites on your bees  like the one between the wings on this bee - but they are there!  It's August, have you checked for your mites yet? Want to be a successful beekeeper?  Heed this message and be proactive about mite treatments NOW.
Visit this video to learn how to do an alcohol wash



Getting ahead of Varroa Presentation

Varroa is public enemy number one.  In this presentation, Kevin Inglin speaks of treatment concepts and options for keeping on top of mite thresholds throughout the year.



DIY Yellow Jacket Trap

With a recycled soda bottle and few ingredients, you can build 
A Simple Yellow Jacket Trap

This outlines the simple steps to create yellow jacket traps to place near your hives as a way to lower the population of impactful yellow jackets in your area.

Why do you need them?

Yellow Jacket Wasps will at times become predators to honey bee colonies.  Especially in fall, Putting the traps out early, in hopes of catching any queens, will lessen the number of yellow jackets throughout the year in vicinity of your hives.


1/2 Cup Sugar
1     Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1     Banana Peel
4     Cups Water
Simply combine together and place in bottle.

More Insight - VIDEO!

NWNJBA's Bob Kloss hosted a 20 minute presentation that gives far more insight and discussion on his experience with the use of these traps and even more recommendations.  See the video below

Yellow Jacket Trap



Supply Some Water!

Bees need water in the summer just like us.  A simple bucket with corks or styrofoam peanuts floating in the water will do. Put the bucket a little ways (100 feet or so is a common recommendation) away from the bees so they can discover them. Drill some holes in the sides of the bucket so the water will not overflow when it rains..

Why Now?
In the summer time bees can use a gallon of water a day.  They will need the water to dilute honey to feed to new bees, cool the hive, and for other reasons.  If you did not put water out in the spring, it is not too late to give them a nearby water source.  Giving them a nearby water source is efficient for them and may serve to keep them out of bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, pools and other places.
Why should you put "floaties" in the bucket?
Simple, bees don't like to get their 'feet wet. It gives them something to land on and sip in the water. 




To our coverage of the NJ Dept. of Ag. Regulations activities > GO HERE!

What is happening with the Proposed Beekeeping Rules?

March 2018 -  The NJDA received over 1,100 letters in opposition to the proposed rules and about 20 in favor of them.

The response from the Department of Agriculture has acknowledged that the response was large and insightful and it has been shared that the secretary of agriculture acknowledge that revisions are necessary. 

The state board of agriculture, made up of representatives that have been selected from county board of agricultural representatives, represent leading commodities of the state.  

This state board has been tasked with reviewing the comments and will be working toward what comes next.  The timeframe for review was not stated but it is noted that the NJDA has returned the guidelines for keeping bees to their website in the interim while working out what comes next.

From the NJDA website it says the NJDA is reposting the Guidelines For Keeping Bees In Populated Areas during the regulatory process required by P.L. 2015 c.76.

The NJBA, and NWNJBA continue to follow what comes next and keep everyone informed accordingly.



The Officers of NWNJBA

Meet the officers of the NWNJBA.

Jim McCaulley is the NWNJBA President (second from right). Serving as first VP is Jim Schmalz (far left), J. David Waldman is the second VP (far right). Third VP is Paul Szmaida (4th from left). Barbara Hill (third from left) is our branch treasurer and Eda Schmalz (second from left) serves as the associations secretary.

In addition to the board, Mim Dunne serves as the Membership Chair and Bob Kloss oversees public relations. 

Honey Locator

Where to find local honey in your area

Looking for a source of fresh local honey?  Visit our honey locator web page to find out how to obtain local honey near you in New Jersey.

Hive Placement Requests

For those who want bees on their property.

We recieve many requests for hive placement offers on properties.  Visit to learn how to make a request and to see what is available.

Swarm Capture & Bee Removals

Working with someone to remove a swarm.

Information to identify a honey bee swarm and report it for collection and removal.  Services are also available for removal from structures.

Bee/Insect Identification

Identifying insects you'll encounter in NJ

How to tell if it is a honey bee or something else.  Learn about common insect types found in our area; their nesting habits and other information.

2018 Jun. Meeting Photos

Some shots from our June field meeting and June Picnic. 

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