Removing Bees in: Mendocino County
Why do I do this? Bee colonies across the nation are in serious decline. This
new, unexplained condition has become known as Colony Collapse
It is estimated that about a quarter of the 2.4 million
commercial bee colonies across the nation have been lost just
since last autumn, and in some areas the loss is almost 90
percent. The impact of this loss is enormous because honey bees are
the primary pollinators of much of the nation’s food crops. Here in
California, producers of almonds, apples, alfalfa, avocados,
blueberries, citrus, tree fruit, and watermelons, among many
other crops, depend on a healthy bee population for crop
pollination. We need every bee! All bees come back to live on my sustainable farm in Sonoma County.
What can you do to help Honey Bees? Plant Bee friendly plants
Report Bee Swarms Buy Organic
Become a Bee Keeper!
Bee Swarm Removal For Free! We remove bees for FREE in Mendocion County, California. (Please consult the list below if you live in another area)
We get many calls each day. Before emailing please read the following:
1. Do you have honey bees? We are only interested in honey bees. Please click here to see the differences if you are not sure that you have honey bees.
2. Do not spray the bees with anything, including water. Leave them alone, stay away from them and call us. If you have sprayed them with insecticide please do not call us.
3. You need to be able to tell us where the honey bees are and how long they have been there. Will we need a ladder? Is it on your property? Etc...
4. Email us a photo immediately if you can. Since we provide free bee removal we get many calls. It helps us tremendously to see the bees first so that we can prioritized your call and bring the necessary equipment.
5. We do not remove bees in the walls of homes. We will remove them from old barns or sheds.
What I need to know: Please
let me know where the honey bee swarm is located, is it on your
property, will I need a ladder, how long you've noticed the honey bee
swarm and the approximate size of the bee swarm? Also, please do not spray the bees with anything, as
I will not want to remove any honey bees that have been chemically
sprayed! (I don’t want to kill my bees back home in!) I’m not an
exterminator, but a beekeeper.
If you have yellow jackets, bumblebees, wasps or hornets I cannot help
you. I’m interested in honey bees only. However, please
call before destroying them if you are unsure or click here to view pictures of honey bees vs wasp, etc...
Swarming: Honey bee colonies reproduce by a process called swarming. During mid-winter, the queen begins laying eggs and the colony
population grows. By spring, the nest is congested with many new honey
bees. The colony raises a new queen and the old queen flies away
accompanied by more than half the bees. This flying swarm temporarily
clusters on an object, such as a tree branch, while scout bees search
for a permanent nest site. A hanging swarm may assume any shape,
depending on the surface on which it is clustered. Most hanging swarms are round or oval, about the size of a basketball, and dark brown.If
a swarm settles during the morning of a fine day, very probably it will
move on within an hour or two unless the weather deteriorates so call
ASAP. If it settles during the afternoon, it is unlikely to move on
until the following morning and it has become warmed by the sun.
Collecting Swarms: I’m happy to collect settled honey bee swarms in Sonoma County for free providing the task will not be difficult (40’ in a tree for example is a challenge) nor
pose undue risk to other people or property. If the task is difficult
or risky then you might consider that the local pest control officer
should be called. Conversely, if you call the pest control officer
first, most will not destroy a honeybee swarm until a beekeeper has
been given the opportunity to collect it. I will
remove established bee colonies in houses only if you agree to have a contractor repair the damage. I don't not take responsibility for the damage. I will simply be there to remove the bees. You must do the repairs or hire a contractor. I will not remove any bees without this written consent. Many times honey bees are in barns, garages, or outbuildings and if you give written permission, and repair any damage
I will remove the bee hive. I'm also frequently to remove hives from
What does it cost? I do not charge as I’m passionate about saving our declining honey
bees! However you will be asked to buy any supplies necessary (normally
just foam sealant). I remove swarms only in Sonoma County, California.
The Beekeeper's Guild of San Mateo County
Contact Person(s): Tom Vercoutere (650) 780-9470 eves
E-Mail to: Club Staff info@SanMateoBee.org
Bee Removal in Santa Clara County, California
Santa Clara Valley Beekeeper's Guild
E-Mail to: George Cohn email@example.com
Contact Person(s): Bill Signarowitz, President (408) 353-4990,
Bruce Wright, Vice-President at (650) 322-3571, or
Marisa D’Arpino, Secretary/Treasurer at (408) 873-4570 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above is a box we use to collect bees weeks before we open the wall up. Note the screen cone that allows bees to come out, but not back in.
Bees find the most amazing places to make their homes!
They don't mind making their homes just about anywhere!
Can you imagine five of these combs in your wall?
Genetic Diversity This is the reason I want your honey bees. We still don't understand what is causing honey bees to die, but the one thing we do know is that feral (escaped domestic honey bees) bees that have been existing out in the wild for years may have a genetic resistance our domestic honey bees do not have. The reason for this is most honey bees are produced from a handful of the same genetic stock at bee breeders. This genetic line has been used for years for its gentleness and honey producing ability. However, it is this stock that seems to be having the problem. So catching feral swarms that have reproduced themselves based on survivability is paramount. I want to add these bee genetics to my line and I need your help to do that! This is why I remove honey bees for FREE!