Get Help with a Honey Bee Swarm

To report Honey Bee Swarms, call (510) 898-6696. One of our volunteers will take information and arrange for timely, safe relocation. Follow the links below for help outside of Alameda county in the list of Swarm Resources in Neighboring Counties.

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.

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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.

ACBA honey bee swarm removal services is 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.  Click here to make a donation for the swarm removal service.

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.

Swarm Resources in Neighboring Counties

Here is a list of other organizations around the Bay Area that have swarm capture and extraction services:

Alameda: Alameda County Beekeeper Association
Contra Costa: Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association
Marin: Marin County Beekeepers
Monterey: Monterey Bay Beekeepers (ABC)
Napa: Beekeepers of Napa Valley
San Francisco: San Francisco Beekeepers Association
San Mateo: Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County
Santa Clara: Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild
So. Santa Clara: The Gilroy Beekeepers
Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz Beekeepers Guild
Sonoma: Sonoma County Beekeepers Association