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 or wasps? A honeybee swarm is an obvious thing, but solitary insects may take a bit of sleuthing. Honey bees are not yellow. Check here before you call. Text a photo to the beekeeper, if possible.
For swarm assistance in neighboring counties, click here.
If you have honeybees (not wasps) 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.
Click on these regional bee associations who also offer swarm rescue.Gilroy Beekeepers Association
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