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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


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Swarm Removals:      


 "What is not good for the swarm
is not good for the bee." 

 Marcus Aurelius

Call a Beekeeper!

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.

Find a beekeeper in your area from the list below. Please do not contact the LACBA directly. Thank you!

If you are an 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: Remember, this means you will be called by private citizens who need help! If you sign up, please have your gear ready!

Regarding swarming bees!

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.


LACBA members available for swarm removals in and around Los Angeles County and surrounding counties

Southern California:

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)

Jonathan Potter  Tel: 626-344-0034  email: (LA County)

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: 805-558-2535  email:  (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


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!) 

Los Angeles: 

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  Cell: 818-217-5262  email:

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:

Jim Lindsay Tel: 661-296-0054  Cell: 213-210-7352  email:

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:

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: