Swarm Help

If you are calling from outside Napa Valley, here are the links to other helpful bee clubs in the area that will be able to help you save the bees!

NAPA IS LISTED FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE

NORTH CALIFORNIA BEE CLUBS AND SWARM HELP

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

When contacting a beekeeper, pleased include the following:

  • Note the address (preferably with a nearby cross street).
  • Note the location of the bees. Are they in a tree, on a fence or structure; how far off of the ground? Are there any hazards the beekeeper should be aware of (near a utility line, above a thorny plant, soft soil, steep incline, etc) – If you can include a picture!
  • How large is the cluster of bees, “softball”, “grapefruit”, “basketball” sizes can be referenced. A very small cluster of bees may be stragglers from a passed swarm.
  • How long have the bees been there? The amount of time a swarm has been landed greatly affects the ability of a beekeeper to catch the swarm before they move on, but also affects how aggressive the bees might become – a swarm which has been lingering for a day will be getting restless.
  • If they’re not on your property, and in a neighbor’s yard, please provide our contact details for that neighbor – we can’t enter someone elses property without permission. The property owner or tenant must call a beekeeper.
  • If you’re greeted by an answering machine when calling a beekeeper, call another. If you choose to leave a message, please be sure to leave contact information.
  • If the swarm is in a yard, please provide access information (how close can a vehicle be brought, how steep is the terrain?).
  • If the swarm is high off the ground, if you have access to a reliable ladder which can be used by the beekeeper, please make the beekeeper aware of this.
  • Beekeepers provide the swarm capturing service for free, extractions usually require a fee – be clear on the cost of the job before engaging someone’s services.

Please call ONLY one beekeeper at a time. It is far too confusing and takes resources away from other calls.

Swarm Contact list – Area covered coding as follows Napa(n), Yountville(y), Rutherford(r) St. Helena(h) Pope Valley (pv), Angwin (a), Calistoga (cal) Carneros (Car) Vallejo and American Canyon (V)

List of beekeepers is live and updated weekly, order is random.

  • Mike O’Dell – 707-888-4486 – popevalleybees@gmail.com all swarms (car, pv. n, y, st, r)
  • Robert Hunt, 707-287-8150, 2mhunts@hotmail.com all swarms (n,y,r,h)
  • John Humphrey, 707 254-5691 – humphreyjd@yahoo.com all swarms (n,y,r)
  • Tom Clark, 707-484-4920 – tom@clarkclaudon.com all swarms (y,r,h,pv,cal)
  • Nina Wermyss (707) 695-2541 – ninawemyss@earthlink.net (h)
  • LouAnne Aaen, 707-227-8595 melasa@sbcglobal.net – all swarms (cal, h, a))
  • Arnold Bunter, 707-339-0410 – abunter@sbcglobal.net – all swarms (n,y,r)
  • Doug Dahme, 707-287-6514 – ddahme@sbcglobal.net all swarms (n, car, y,r,v,)
  • Haroon Rasheed – 707-246-3461 – haroonn7702@hotmail.com all swarms (v)
  • George Altobell, 707-815-0590 – galtobell1@comcast.net below 8 ft. (n)
  • Jon Sevigny, 707-227-2489 – napabaybee@gmail.com – all swarms (n,y,r)
  • Laurie Bounsall, 707) 529-5617, lgbounsall@gmail.com all swarms (cal, h)
  • Extractions (homes, buildings, an extraction fee may bee involved)
  • Rob Revees, 707-337-2836 – all styles of extraction
  • Mike O’Dell – 707-888-4486 – popevalleybees@gmail.com (car, pv. n, y, st, r) – simple extractions
  • Robert Hunt, 707-287-8150, 2mhunts@hotmail.com – simple extractions
  • Doug Dahme, 707-287-6514 – ddahme@sbcglobal.net – simple extractions (n, car,y,r,v,y)
  • Swarm Etiquette.

Our goal is provide quick and humane collection of swarms with no fee involved. Extractions are the only time where it is acceptable to charge for your time if you wish.

The Beekeepers of Napa Website (BKNV) publishes and distributes this swarm contact list as a service to the public. We are neither an oversight or certification organization for beekeepers. If you engage the services of anyone on the list, you need to be aware that you are engaging the services of that beekeeper as an individual – you are not hiring them as an agent of BKNV. Problems are rare, but if you should have one, it is a matter between you and the individual that you engaged to handle your bee situation.


Swarm Collection will be posted in local papers, e-mailed to police and fire departments, master gardeners, ag commission and linked to other bee related sights and blogs.

We are not associated with any group official or non-official. This list if generated for anyone who has experience in swarm or extractions.

Disclaimer:
Some colony removals are more difficult than others. Varying skills and equipment are required. The Napa Valley Beekeepers does not endorse any particular beekeeper for your job. As a homeowner, you are responsible for verifying (1) that the beekeeper you employ has the appropriate skills, and (2) that a licensed, insured contractor is available to repair the damage.