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We have noticed many posts on the comment page looking for help with swarms. Do not post on comments if you need help with a swarm! Please call  the swarm hotline: 510-898-6696. For more information on swarms please check our swarm page: SWARMS!

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  1. There are members of the ACBA who would be happy to fill your backyard with bees. Please contact us with your contact information and we will pass it on to the membership.

    1. Hi, I would be happy to also house bees in our backyard. Depending on the situation, I would definitely like to do that.

  2. Hi there,
    Go to your local nursery and look for labels. Most nurseries stock bee friendly plants and have them labelled as such. One word of caution, the big box stores have them but they don’t always screen for plants that have been sprayed. We recommend going to a local nursery and talking with the knowledgeable employees that would be happy to help you out. Then you just have to decide whether to go “native” or not! 😉

  3. We would love to help you out.
    Please send us your contact information or come to our next meeting in Oakland which is on February 14th at the Rotary Nature Center in Lake Merritt.

  4. Attending the March meeting will be the best way to get a swarm from our swarm volunteers. You have time. the bees normally don’t start swarming until then at the earliest. You are invited to join the club which will also give you some opportunities to meet with a mentor which will help you maintain your new hive.

  5. Hi
    I would encourage you to come to our next meeting which is at the Lake Merritt Nature Center on March 14.
    Please see our meeting and events page. It is good to make contact with a mentor we have mentors and established beekeepers all over Alameda County.

  6. Hi we have several established beekeepers in the Fremont area. I would encourage you to come to our next meeting on March 14 to meet some people that can help you out.

  7. Thanks, I will pass this on to the club. To see if there is anyone nearby who could possibly get in touch with you!

  8. Hi,
    There are a couple of really great beekeepers in your area.
    Will pass on your information.
    Thank you!

  9. There are many different answers to this question as you can well imagine.
    You can buy package bees from several different sources in this area and we recommend that you buy locally for best success.
    Bee Healthy Honey Shop in Oakland can get you locally grown bees. You can join the ACBA and come to our meetings as we usually get package bees around this time of year
    OUr next meeting is coming up the second Tuesday this month.

  10. Usually you want the entrance to face south or south east. Some shade is not a bad thing as the bees have to cool down the hive during hot weather.
    You can try the full sun and see what happens since you didn’t have good luck with the shady area.
    I have bees in full sun and in part shade and the full sun hive is much stronger, so there is a chance the lack of sun during the day made a difference.
    Good luck!

  11. Call our swarm hotline, 510-898-6696. You may need professional help to extract the bees from the roof.

      1. Hi
        The number is working. I believe there was some kind of power outage the day you tried to contact the hotline.
        It is back in service. I hope the swarm found its way out of your yard.
        Sorry for the inconvenience.

  12. There are many members of our club in Fremont. Perhaps you could talk with one of them.
    Usually you would want to let your neighbors know your plans and place the hive where it will not cause the bees to be having a lot of contact with your neighbors.
    At least 10 feet from the property line and the entrance facing away from the neighbors. Provide water for them so they don’t forage in your neighbor’s pool or bird bath.
    I would recommend you come to our club meeting and speak to a mentor who could guide you. It is expensive and time consuming and you have to learn how to inspect your hive so having a mentor is really important. Our next meeting is May 9th. Check out this link:

  13. Check with our membership coordinator. Sometimes emails are not legible and they don’t get added.
    Come to our next meeting too.
    Our membership coordinator: Membership Coordinator: Paul Thompson –

  14. It depends upon where he lives.
    Over smoking can stress them out and make them sick. Also it makes the honey taste smokey.

  15. New to the Family of beekeeping I am looking forward to June’s meeting since I just missed May’s . Looking for regulations or if I need permits for beekeeping in Oakland but I am unsuccessful on the internet any links where I can find that information?

    1. You do not need a permit, but come to the July meeting if you did not make the June. Someone can help you out. July 11, Studio One

        1. Sorry, did not see this until after the July meeting.
          please check the meeting and events page for updates.
          We meet every 2nd Tuesday. Our next meeting is August 8th.

  16. Hi, My kids and I met a beekeeper and talked with him about hi placing some hives in our huge backyard. It turns out he wanted to place 9 hives, which was going to be too much for our space. But now my kids are very excited about “hosting” some hives… we have a huge yard with tons of flowers and gardens, plus a lot of wild blackberry bushes in the back. We are mostly interested because the kids are excited and would love just an occasional jar of honey. If anyone is looking for space for their hive, let us know– we live between Lake Merritt and Fruitvale. Thank you!

  17. We have a yard full of nasturtiums and a love for local honey… this morning I combined the two and wondered what nasturtium honey might taste like. I’ve noticed and appreciated differences in farmers market honey flavored by nearby crops. Does anyone have honey they’d say is nasturtium “flavored”? Curious, would love to try some if it’s a thing!

    1. Don’t know of any nasturtium honey. The flowers are very deep and may not make good foraging. Have you seen many honeybees in your nasturtiums?

  18. Thank you for your information on my call regarding the extreme bee swarm coming from the inside of my garage, by the thousands to greet a contractor working on a construction project. We are sending you some pictures, hope someone can help relocate them a.s.a.p. Your information has been very helpful, Thank you Dottie Bronson-Wallace

  19. Hi I have a bee hive but am unsure of a great place to get bees from that aren’t a nuc since those tend to swarm after a year or two. Is there a place that I can buy swarmed bees from? I have two properties that I want to put bees on. One in Oakland and one in Smartsville.

  20. I too am looking for placement of a hive or two in my yard. I live in the Hayward hills, have a habitat yard with no pesticides and am not interested in collecting the honey. My interest is for pollination. I would be willing to add nutrition in winter if needed but hope the hives can be maintained by the owner. Easy access to the yard is available. Can you contact me if someone is interested in placing their hives in my yard? mona

  21. Hi, I have a problem with a brand new bee colony that showed up in front of my house this morning, however the SWARM number (510-898-6696) seems to be no longer in service.

    How can I get in touch with someone who can help?

  22. We do not answer swarm calls from this forum
    Please call our hotline. There is a page for this on the site
    Thank you!

  23. I am trying to remove bees from our siding, I have pest control, those folks are going to kill them, then thought of seeking help from bee removal persons.

    Any volunteer will help me to remove the bees from our siding

    1. Please contact our swarm hotline. 510-898-6696
      There will be someone who can rescue them. However there will be a fee for cutting out an existing colony to re-home them as you need a professional to do the removal.

  24. I an new to bee keeping. I am looking for someone that can help me move a hive from San Jose to Fremont in the next few days.
    Will appreciate some referrals. Thanks.

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