Removing Bees in:
Mendocino County

Bee Vaccum

Why do I do this? Bee colonies across the nation are in serious decline. This new, unexplained condition has become known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). 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)

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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.

beeWhat 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-bee swarmwinter, 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 utility equipment/boxes.

See how its done inside a barn wall

Removing a 40 year old hive in another barn.

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.

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For Bee Removal Outside of Sonoma County
Bee Removal in Alameda County, Ca

Alameda County Beekeepers Association
E-Mail to: Stan Umlauft or Sara Willis
Rob Hopcke, Swarm Call Coordinator, 510-393-1762

Bee Removal in Contra Costa County, California Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association
E-Mail to: Stan Umlauft
Contact Person: Stan Umlauft (925) 458-3900
Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association's Home page
Bee Removal in Gilroy, Ca Gilroy Beekeepers Association
Contact Person: Michael Reddell (408) 930-2325, e-mail:
Gilroy Beekeepers Association's Home page
Bee Removal in Marin County, California

Marin County Beekeepers Association

Contact Person: Mea McNeil Draper

Bee Removal in Sacramento County, California Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association
Contact Person(s): Nancy Stewart (916) 451-2337 or Trini Ortiz (916) 363-2149
Bee Removal in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Beekeepers' Association Swarm List:

Bee Removal in San Mateo County, California The Beekeeper's Guild of San Mateo County
Contact Person(s): Tom Vercoutere (650) 780-9470 eves
E-Mail to: Club Staff
Bee Removal in Santa Clara County, California Santa Clara Valley Beekeeper's Guild
E-Mail to: George Cohn
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 /
Bee Removal in Solano County Azure Bee Gardens
National List

Swarm Removal .com

National List

Proud Member of:honey bee

and the Sonoma County Beekeepers Association



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?

beeGenetic 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!