"What is not good for the swarm
is not good for the bee."
Are you a LACBA member-beekeeper who would like to receive calls to pick up swarms? Simply include your phone number, email address, and area of Los Angeles County where you live on our Contact Us Form. Or, you can send us an email at: email@example.com. Remember, this means you will be called by private citizens who need help! If you sign up, please have your gear ready!
If you find a swarm (cluster, ball or bunch) of bees on your property, don't panic. Don't grab a can of Bee and Wasp Control and spray them. And don't call an exterminator.
Call a Beekeeper!
Swarming bees are not usually aggressive. They are looking for a new home. Honeybees are important pollinators. They are responsible for more than 80% of the pollination required by most fruits, legumes, and vegetable seed plants. A beekeeper will try to save the hive whenever possible (requeen it) and relocate it.
Some beekeepers do charge for their services (which may just be to cover their time and costs) so be sure to ask. Cost varies depending on the job. The LACBA DOES NOT have a list of bee removal charges. You need to call the beekeeper directly.
Removing a swarm from a structure is a much more difficult task than capturing colonies from trees or bushes. If bees have taken up residence in a building it may need to be opened to retrieve the bees, the comb, and the honey. The building owner is responsible for all costs of repairs to the building.
Please note that these beekeepers may not be licensed contractors and may choose to not take on hazardous removals.
If the swarm is hanging from the high voltage lines call your local electric company.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE LACBA (through this website, via email, or through the LACBA FACEBOOK PAGE) FOR SWARM REMOVALS. PLEASE CONTACT THE BEEKEEPER DIRECTLY.
LACBA members available for swarm removals in and around Los Angeles County and surrounding counties:
Bare Bees Honey Tel: 626-533-0038 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Relocates swarms and beehives to their apiaries throughout Southern California. Owner Kevin Heydman and son Nick are live bee removal specialists and beekeepers, operating out of Los Angeles County for over 15 years.
Serving Los Angeles and Kern Counties:
Lance Atkinson Tel: 800-964-9494 email: email@example.com (Will do bee removals from structures.)
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura Counties:
Bee Catchers Inc.: Tel: 866-544-0074, 818-448-2149 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: www.beecatcherssocal.com Bee Catchers Inc. are family owned, operated and are State licensed, specializing in live capture and relocation. For further information on all their services, please visit their website. Nicole Palladino, President, In-house Biologist, can help with any questions you may have.
Serving Los Angeles County:
Daniel Barkanov Tel: 626-305-9362 Cell: 714-469-8721 email: email@example.com
Jonathan Potter Tel: 626-344-0034 email: firstname.lastname@example.org (LA County)
Vic Sarian Tel: 661-713-0199 email: Sariangroup@aol.com Santa Clarita, Aqua Dolce, San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena
The Valley Hive Tel: 818-280-6500 email email@example.com
Serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties:
Lea and Leon Johnson Cell: 310-924-2168 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Garret Miller Tel: 805-764-1233 email: Garret@Millerapiaries.com
Bryan Castro (Bryan's Bees) Tel: 805-558-2535 email: Bryansbees@hotmail.com (Serves all of Ventura County)
Bee Specialist (Ron O'Brien) 805-265-7068 877-277-2596 email: email@example.com
Web: www.beespecialist.net Serves all of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties:
Crescenta Canada Valley and bordering areas:
El Rey Ensch Tel: 818-790-3236 Cell: 818-480-2228
Eagle Rock/Glassell Park/Mt. Washington:
David Bock Tel: 323-487-2747 (That's 323-487-APIS - Call today!) www.buzzedhoneys.com
Jae Lyu Tel: 213-407-9761 LJae1105@gmail.com (Korea Town & Los Angeles)
Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Santa Monica, Playa del Rey:
Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre:
Dave Williams Tel: 626-791-8979 Cell: 626-808-1771 email:firstname.lastname@example.org (Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino)
Ben Jeffries Tel: 626-355-5301 (Sierra Madre)
San Fernando Valley:
Bob Miskell Tel: 818-363-1087 Cell: 818-217-5262 email: email@example.com
The Valley Hive Tel: 818-280-6500
Santa Clarita Valley - Valencia, Castaic, Newhall, Canyon Country:
Have Bees? (Max Morgan) Tel: 661-259-7129 Cell: 661-312-3910 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Lindsay Tel: 661-296-0054 Cell: 213-210-7352 email: email@example.com
San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Montclair, Pomona, Chino, Chino Hills, Covina, West Covina, Azusa, Monrovia, Duarte, Glendora, Pasadena and all vicinity:
Hossein Saeedy Tel: 626-893-4355 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Informative articles and video:
Visit our LACBA Africanized Honey Bee Page:
Summer Safety: How to Avoid Bee-Swarm Attacks - Scientific American 6/13/16
TIPS: What to do if attacked by Honey Bees:
For information on Wasp and Bee Control take a look at:
Swarm Information by Dr. Eric Mussen UC Davis, Department of Entomology
When Bees Swarm: http://saulcreekapiary.com/when_honey_bees_swarm.htm