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 Report a honey bee swarm in the Santa Ynez Valley 

Report a honey bee swarm in the Santa Ynez Valley, California.

Please read the information below, then fill out and submit the form.

  • Ballard - Buellton - Los Olivos - Santa Ynez - Solvang
  • We are happy to collect any accessible swarms of honey bees within the
    Santa Ynez Valley and relocate them. If we are unable to collect the swarm
    ourselves, we will forward your request to another local beekeeper.
  • For help with other bee removal issues, see
  • Please be sure they are honey bees, and not yellow jackets or wasps.

        Bee or Wasp?
    honey bee
    yellow jacket
      yay! Honey bee
    nay! Yellow jacket
        Bee vs Wasp nest under eaves    
    Honey bees

    click to enlarge image
      yay! contact a Beekeeper  

    Yellow jackets

    click to enlarge image
      nay! call an Exterminator  


    Yellow jackets

    click to enlarge image
      nay! call an Exterminator  
  • Swarm capture is usually free. Removal of an established colony may involve a fee.

    • A swarm is a clump of bees exposed to the elements , either hanging off a tree, bush, park bench, etc. or spread out on the ground. The bees have not constructed much, if any, honeycomb. Swarms are generally easy to capture. The earlier a swarm is reported, the better. Otherwise, the swarm may leave to inhabit somewhere where it's not wanted. In cold or wet weather, the swarm may perish or greatly diminish in numbers.

    • A cutout is the removal of an existing physical colony of bees , with honeycomb, such as a colony inside an irrigation box, tree hollow, wine barrel, under eaves, or inside a wall. Removal of such a colony is time-consuming, and we may refer you to someone else to do the cutout.

    • Swarms should be captured as soon as possible, whereas cutouts are rarely an urgent matter and their extraction can be arranged at any time.
  • Honey bees will be gently captured and relocated to a good home.
  • Be sure to read About Swarms and Why Save Bees?
  • Submitting this form is the best way to contact us.
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    We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Your information is only used to process your request.
We do not share your info with anyone, nor add you to any mailing list.


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Additional Contact Information (if any)

Address of Swarm

Is the swarm on your property?

Location of Swarm
- on tree, building, fence.  How high up?  Details please!
- on tree, building, fence.  How high up?  Details please!

Size of Swarm - e.g., grapefruit, basket ball, beach ball
- e.g., grapefruit, basket ball, beach ball

- How long has the swarm been there? Any concerns?
- How long has the swarm been there? Any concerns?
03-March-2024 14:14:51
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