Got a Swarm?

Use this checklist to report a swarm.

When bees are swarming they are generally docile. They will merely find a suitable spot to gather, as a temporary measure, while they send out scout bees to find a more permanent location as a new home. They are not too choosy about where this temporary spot will be, it could be in a tree/bush, on a clothesline, a fence, a bicycle, anywhere that they can land to form a cluster to protect their queen.  If the honey bees seem to have made a home already, such as, in a tree or inside a structure (wall, roof, etc) they are an established colony. Removing an established colony is a Trap Out (TO) or Cut Out (CO) situation.

All beekeepers on the list below are swarm collectors.  Only those with Trap Out (TO) or Cut Out (CO) in the notes should contacted for removal of established colonies.

Expect the beekeeper you call to ask questions to determine next steps.

Notes to make:

  1. Are they honey bees or other similar insects?
  2. Where are the bees?
  3. How high above the ground?
  4. What size is the swarm? (tennis ball, basketball, etc)
  5. How long it has been in this spot?
  6. Take photos to help indicate cluster size, location details, site considerations (power lines, slopes, obstructions, etc).

Bees that have recently settled and clustered together are a swarm. If the bees have been living there for a while, it is an established colony

If the bees are not on your property, you will need to provide the beekeeper with contact info for the person who owns the property or the tenant. SABA posts names for swarm collection as a public service, any arrangements made are between you and the beekeeper that agrees to do the collection. SABA does not employ, recommend or endorse any beekeeper’s skill, training or expertise. Please check with individual beekeepers for their qualifications.

Sit back, watch and wait for the beekeeper to arrive. Any beekeeper will tell you that there is something very magical about a swarm. There is an electric feeling in the air, as the bees swirl round before clustering in a ball. Watching a swarm being collected is an experience that you will not soon forget!

Use our geographically oriented Swarm List to identify a beekeeper who is willing to travel to the area where the swarm is located. The beekeepers listed may not be able to help you immediately, you may (will probably) have to make a few calls to find someone available to help. Leave clear, concise voicemails with your contact information and location of the swarm. If the person you call cannot respond in a timely manner, tell them that you will try the next person on the list. Scout bees in the swarm are actively looking for a new home and may leave your location within a few hours. We hope that you think that it is worthwhile to patiently partner with the beekeeper(s) that you call to work together to save the bees!

Share your positive experience with bees and beekeepers with others! Bees often get negative press and we want to make sure that more people learn more about these amazing insects. Please consider donating to SABA using the button below or completing the donation form that the responding beekeeper provides to give online or mail a donation. Your contributions make this swarm list possible!

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Is It A Honey Bee?

Find a Swarm Collector

This list of beekeepers is compiled from information submitted to us by the individuals who appear on this list. The Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association does not employ or represent any of the individuals on this list.  Some, but not all, may be members of the Association.  The list is in no way a recommendation or endorsement of the beekeeper’s skill, training or experience.  Please check with individual beekeepers for their qualifications.

Beekeepers listed below have volunteered to be available for calls at any time, unless otherwise noted

Need help with a swarm in an area not listed? See the California State Beekeepers Association list of Affiliated Clubs in all areas of California to find a club or association near you.

Name Contact Info Availability Notes

Davis/Woodland

Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Blake Dacy
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-849-3528
Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100
DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595

Elk Grove/Delta

Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
Blake Dacy
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-849-3528
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100
Ginger Shepherd
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
209-298-2081
DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595

Folsom/Hwy 50

DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595
Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Blake Dacy
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-849-3528

Roseville/Hwy 80/65

Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100
Blake Dacy
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-849-3528

Sacramento Area

Blake Dacy
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-849-3528
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Louis Zurlo
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-698-6800 Weekday Afternoons Only, Weekends Only
Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100