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’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). 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. 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.

We provide the following referral list of LACBA Club Sponsor Members who are experienced beekeepers with knowledge and expertise in bee/swarm removals.

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 get 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, 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. 

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: 805-558-2535  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 Luga - 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:

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: