Tidewater Beekeepers Association

What Will I Need, to Get Started as a Beekeeper?

Become a Member

and join our Mentoring program

Equipment you will need to get started 

  1. Woodenware: boxes, frames, foundation, lids, bases, feeders, etc. 
  2. Tools: Metal prying tool, a brush, a smoker, etc. 
  3. Protective clothing: Bee suite, or head veil & gloves, etc.
  4. Honey Extractor ( To use club extractor you must be a TBA member please see Equipment)
  5. A colony of Bees! See below for information to get on our NUC list

You can Purchase equipment from many suppliers online such as Mann Lake, Dadant or Brushy Mountain go to our Beekeeping Supplies page

Also Check out our links pages for more information Links


Ready For Bees? (Get a NUC; Starter Hive/Colony of Bees)? 

If you want to become a beekeeper or are thinking about restarting, buying bees locally has numerous benefits, including:

  • Ensuring that the bees have been inspected by a state apiary inspector
  • Limiting exposure of our community to pathogens that affect bees
  • Limiting the spread of Africanized bees
  • Reducing stress placed on colonies during transport
  • Getting the ongoing advice about beekeeping from the seller
  • Ensuring that your bees are well suited to our local microclimate

Join TBA and get on our Nuc list 


Get Inspected

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Office of Plant and Pest Services

P.O. Box 1163

Richmond, VA 23218

Telephone: 804.786.3515

FAX: 804.371.7793

Email: VABees@vdacs.virginia.gov

Website: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov

State Apiarist Keith Tignor

email: keith.tignor@vdacs.virginia.gov


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