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. Please contact a beekeeper to relocate the swarm before the bees set up their colony in a wall, chimney, irrigation box, etc. (For these circumstances, see Bee Removal Specialists below.) For swarm assistance in neighboring counties, click here.
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.
Below is a list of members in the Santa Clara Valley who have been trained in swarm capture. Please call the beekeeper closest to your location so there is no delay due to traffic. If you cannot make direct contact, leave a message and continue calling through the list until you find someone to assist. Please do not attempt to spray or douse the cluster as you may injure the bees or cause unnecessary commotion. Enjoy the spectacle and wait patiently until a beekeeper can assist you.
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 beekeepers who are experienced, licensed, insured, and charge a fee for service.
Salvador Delgado 408-640-6824 email@example.com
Art Hall 408-712-0663 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thebeemobil.com
Mark Small 408-857-1466 email@example.com www.smallbees.com
Mike Stang 408-621-6243 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on these regional bee associations who also offer swarm rescue.Gilroy Beekeepers Association
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