Bee Guild members volunteer to capture honey bee swarms on private or public property–in most cases for free. If you have a swarm on your property, don't panic. Bee swarms are a natural response to an overcrowded hive and half or more of the colony depart to look for a new nesting cavity. With no brood nest to defend they are at their calmest. A swarm may cluster for a few hours or a few days before flying off to their forever home.
Contact a beekeeper to relocate the swarm before the bees set up their colony in a wall, chimney, irrigation box, or tree limb. (For these circumstances, see Bee Removal Specialists below.)
Not sure if you're looking at bees, wasps or yellow jackets? A honeybee swarm is an obvious thing, but solitary insects may take a bit of sleuthing. Honey bees are not yellow. It is helpful to do a little research to identify the critter before you call (insect pictures can be found at https://www.insectidentification.org/). Text a photo to the beekeeper, if possible.
For swarm assistance in neighboring counties, click here.
If you have honeybees (not wasps or yellow Jackets) in a wall or in a structure on your property, please call a professional to safely remove the bees. As a courtesy, below is a list of member beekeepers who are experienced, licensed, insured, and charge a fee for service
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Mark Small Charges a fee and serves: Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, San Francisco County, Contra Costa County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, and Monterey County.
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Click on these regional bee associations who also offer swarm rescue.Gilroy Beekeepers Association
Sonoma County Beekeepers Association
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