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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association established in 1873.



Bee Removals:    








If you find a colony or 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!

Regarding swarming bees!
Bees are usually not aggressive when they are swarming. 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, relocate it, and if there are signs it is an aggressive colony, a responsible beekeeper will re-queen the hive. 

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 bee swarm is hanging from the high voltage lines call your local electric company.

See the list below for member beekeepers who are proud sponsors of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.  These experienced beekeepers do bee removals. Make sure you find a beekeeper in the area where the bees are located.

BEEKEEPERS CHARGE FOR THEIR SERVICES. Be sure to ask the beekeeper what they charge. Cost varies depending on the job, the services, and the beekeeper. Please note that it costs beekeepers money to remove bees: safety equipment, purchase of bee boxes, replacement of queen, transportation costs, and their time.

The LACBA appreciates your contacting a beekeeper for bee removal. We ask that you please be respectful of these beekeepers. They are overwhelmed with bee removals this year and are also very busy taking care of their bees. Thank you!

(PLEASE BE AWARE: This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association ( Someone is using the following url: and is redirecting to a company called The Bee Experts. Let it be known that the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is not affiliated with and does not endorse The Bee Experts.)


Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties:

Bare Bees Honey   Tel: 626-533-0038   email:
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, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura Counties:

Bee Catchers Inc.:  Tel: 866-544-0074, 818-448-2149 email:
Web:  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:  

Barnaby Cockcroft   Tel: 213-293-3895  email:, website:  (LA County) 

Bee Life Bee Removals - Mike Tornabane, UMT Master Beekeeper Certified. cell: 323-393-5058 email: Serving: Alhambra, Atwater, Burbank, Eagle Rock, Glendale, Pasadena, La Canada, Los Angeles, San Gabriel, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, local areas for established hives in structures. Need an out of area live removal? Inquire. Text a few pics of your bee situation for a reasonable estimate. Highly experienced. Flat rates. No surprises.

Vic Sarian   Tel: 661-713-0199  email:  Santa Clarita, Aqua Dolce, San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena

The Valley Hive Tel: 818-280-6500 email

Serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties:

Lea and Leon Johnson  Cell: 310-924-2168  email:

Garret Miller  Tel: 805-764-1233   email:

Bryan Castro (Bryan's Bees)  Tel: 805-557-8091 email:  website: (Serves all of Ventura County.)

Bee Specialist (Ron O'Brien) 805-265-7068  877-277-2596 email: 
Web: Serves all of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. 

Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties: 

Sam Bonderov Bee Emergency Response Team  Tel:  1-888-829-3045


La Crescenta, La Canada/Flintridge, Montrose:

El Rey Ensch   Tel: 818-790-3236  Cell: 818-480-2228

Atwater Village/Eagle Rock/Glassell Park/Mt. Washington:

David Bock — small fee required for bee removal. Please TEXT a photo of your bees to 323-487-2747 or email More info at

Los Angeles (City) & Korea Town): 

Jae Lyu   Tel: 213-407-9761 (Korea Town & Los Angeles)

Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Santa Monica, Playa del Rey:

Mihai Iuga - 310-906-0179 Structure removals, cut outs, trap outs, swarm rescue.

Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre:

Dave Williams   Tel: 626-791-8979  Cell: 626-808-1771 (Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino)

Ben Jeffries  Tel: 626-355-5301  (Sierra Madre) 

San Fernando Valley:

Bob Miskell  Tel: 818-363-1087

The Valley Hive   Tel: 818-280-6500  

Santa Clarita Valley - Valencia, Castaic, Newhall, Canyon Country:

Have Bees? (Max Morgan)  Cell: 661-312-3910  email:

Azusa, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Duarte, Glendora, Monrovia, La Verne, Montclair, Pasadena, Pomona, San Dimas, West Covina, and vicinity:

Noah's Farm (Hossein Saeedy)  Tel: 626-893-4355  email:

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: