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Moving Out Of State and Transporting 2 Beehives
« on: October 13, 2021, 03:20:55 pm »
Good Afternoon :)  I'm not the one moving, but a beekeeper in my area is moving to Idaho or Montana real soon. We are on the edge of winter here in upper northern California. Has anyone here on the forum taken their bees with them when moving to a location that is hours or possibly days of travel?
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Re: Moving Out Of State and Transporting 2 Beehives
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2021, 08:19:40 pm »
No, but I have driven a semi with 500+ hives of someone else's between states. 26 hours one way. 5 trips, back to back, each spring and fall for a few years. You must have them inspected and a health certificate issued by the origin state. Then some states require another inspection when they arrive there. Others don't.
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Re: Moving Out Of State and Transporting 2 Beehives
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2021, 09:54:05 am »
As Iddee said, inspections might need to be done.  Here in KS, we don't have a state inspector and the laws are lax.  It would be a good idea to check with the future state.

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Re: Moving Out Of State and Transporting 2 Beehives
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2021, 06:08:53 pm »
Oooh, I didn't think of that. Great info. What would border inspectors be looking for?
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Re: Moving Out Of State and Transporting 2 Beehives
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2021, 07:59:28 pm »
AFB, EFB, fire ants, ETC. ETC.
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Re: Moving Out Of State and Transporting 2 Beehives
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2021, 09:42:13 pm »
Mkay... all of it and everything. My husband worked for the California State Dept of Agriculture as a border inspector. He said they didn't lift the lids, just used flashlights and looked inside the entrances which were wide open. They looked for dark sloppy droppings on the hive boxes and small hive beetle.


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Re: Moving Out Of State and Transporting 2 Beehives
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2021, 05:56:17 pm »
Others did more. I had a friend turned back because of fire ants.
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