In another topic about "things to know before becoming a beekeeper", I was reading that you should check the agricultural laws for your sate to determine what kinds of fees and inspections might be required. Each state of course has their own laws, but I learned that in the state of Texas you have to have 6 or more hives to be considered an apiary. At this point I only have 4 and am not wanting to grow beyond this. Considering that nature has it's way of expanding things when we are not ready for it, kinda like finding out that you are expecting and had not planned to add to your family, what would a beekeeper need to do to keep their existing hives from creating queen cells and wanting to swarm? I have heard that giving them plenty of space helps with this. If you find that you have queen cells being started, what can you do other than to remove and destroy them? Hopefully I am a ways off from this occurence, but would like to be able to head it off before I ever reach that point. Does anyone have advice on controlling the hive's growth?