Swarm Rescue

A Perfect Swarm.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.

How to Contact a Beekeeper to Remove a Swarm

  • Scroll down to the list below of Bee Guild members (All members listed have been trained in swarm capturing.)
  • Call the beekeeper closest to your location. 
  • If you cannot make direct contact, leave a message and continue calling through the list until you find someone to assist. 
  • Do not spray or douse the cluster as you may injure the bees. 
  • Enjoy the spectacle and wait patiently until a beekeeper can assist you. 
  • If you are satisfied with the swarm service provided consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Bee Guild!

For swarm assistance in neighboring counties, click here.


BEe REmoval Specialists

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

Salvador Delgado

Art Hall

Mike Stang







Se habla español.


Mark Small




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.

Swarm Reporting for Neighboring Counties

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