Get Help with a Honey Bee Swarm

If there’s a swarm of bees in your yard or your area, call 510-898-6696 to be connected with an experienced ACBA beekeeper who will safely remove them.

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Our honey bee swarm removal services cover Alameda County and West Contra Costa County, from Alameda to Sunol, from Fremont to Berkeley, from Hayward to Richmond, and all points in between.

What to expect: A beekeeper will arrive with equipment to encourage most of the bee swarm to move into a box. Over the next few hours, the rest of the honey bee swarm will join their sisters in the box. At dusk, the beekeeper will return to remove box, now filled with the swarm, and take it to a safe location where it can thrive.

What to do while you wait: Stay calm. The honey bees will remain together in a clump, except for a few scouts. There is little danger of being stung, but keep others from approaching. If the bee swarm is in a public place, if you can, cordon off the area and post a sign saying that a beekeeper is on the way.

ACBA honey bee swarm removal services are also available in Oakland, San Leandro, Livermore, Pleasanton, Union City, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, San Pablo, San Ramon, Dublin, Newark, Ashland, Cherryland, Piedmont, Emeryville and Fairview.

Extractions: If a honey bee colony is established inside a house, for example, living in the chimney or an attic, it’s no longer a swarm. The bees can still be safely removed. But the extraction process is more complicated. The ACBA has beekeepers experienced in doing such extractions. There will be a fee, to be negotiated with the individual beekeeper.

Please note that swarm services are for honey bee removal only. The ACBA cannot provide help with wasps or yellowjackets. For more information on identifying honey bees, click here: Identifying Honeybees and Wasps.

Honey Bee Swarms Captured by the ACBA in 2017

City Number of calls
Alameda 16
Albany 12
American Canyon 1
Antioch 3
Berkeley 32
Brentwood 6
Byron 1
Castro Valley 22
Concord 4
El Cerrito 9
El Sobrante 3
Emeryville 2
Fremont 40
Hayward 20
Hercules 4
Kensington 2
Lafayette 4
Livermore 14
Martinez 4
Milpitas 1
Moraga 2
Newark 5
Oakland 76
Oakley 1
Orinda 3
Piedmont 5
Pinole 3
Pittsburg 8
Pleasant Hill 3
Pleasanton 31
Point Richmond 1
Richmond 13
Rodeo 1
San Leandro 21
San Lorenzo 5
San Mateo 1
San Pablo 4
San Ramon 5
Tiberon 1
Union City 10
Vallejo 1
Walnut Creek 3