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! 

The LACBA does not endorse or recommend any specific bee removal companies. We do provide the following referral list of LACBA Club Sponsor Members who are experienced beekeepers with knowledge and expertise in bee/swarm removals.

Swarming bees are not usually aggressive. They’re looking for a new home. A responsible beekeeper will try to save the hive whenever possible, relocate it, and if there are signs it is an aggressive hive, (re-queen it) or destroy 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. Read your contract as to what your and the beekeeper’s contractual obligations are. These beekeepers may not be licensed contractors and may choose to not take on hazardous removals. If the swarm is hanging from high voltage lines call your local electric company.

Most beekeepers charge for their services (which may just be to cover their time and costs).  Cost varies depending on the job. The LACBA DOES NOT have a list of bee removal charges. You need to call the beekeeper directly.  

Make sure you contact a beekeeper who serves the area where the bees are located. We appreciate your contacting a beekeeper for bee/swarm removal and request that you be respectful of these beekeepers. They are sometimes overwhelmed with the amount of requests they receive for removals and are also busy caring for their bees. Thank you!

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.

Los Angeles County:

Daniel & Valeriy Barkanov:   Tel: 626-775-4207 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 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

Serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties:

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

Garret Miller:   Tel: 805-764-1233   email:

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

LeRoy Steese: Tel: 818-282-3208 and 818-282-3209 Entire San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Pasadena, La Crescenta, Montrose, Burbank, Pacoima, Van Nuys and everything in between.

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

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


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 Luga: Tel: 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 (Altadena, Arcadia, LaCanada/Flintridge, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena)

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

San Fernando Valley:

Budget Bee Services: Tel: 818-470-6171 Tel: 877-760-2280

Bob Miskell:  Tel: 818-363-1087  Cell: 818-217-5262  email:

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 Gabriel Valley to Antelope Valley:

Holly Hawk: Tel: 626-807-0572 It helps if you text a clear picture of the bees/site.

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:

Swarm Information by Dr. Eric Mussen UC Davis, Department of Entomology

When  Bees Swarm: