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

Dave Watson
916-798-8550
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
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Rachel Morrison
205-415-0998
Doug Houck
530-400-8056
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

Blake Dacy
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-849-3528
DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595
Julia Roemer
916-804-1467
Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
Donald Ruddick
916-691-2100 or 916-217-4867
Paul Lockhart
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-813-2937
James Deaton
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Ginger Shepherd
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
209-298-2081
Dave Watson
916-798-8550
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100

Folsom/Hwy 50

Tiffany White
916-342-0950
James Myers
720-217-3373 Weekday Afternoons Only, Weekends Only
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
Rachel Morrison
205-415-0998
Dave Watson
916-798-8550
DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595
Fred Haelig
916-247-2620
Tom Storelli
916-834-3756
Kevin Biddick
916-877-4338
Nathan Lewis
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Trees
916-730-7914
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Tina Macuha
916-761-0185
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100

Roseville/Hwy 80/65

Tina Macuha
916-761-0185
Nathan Lewis
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Trees
916-730-7914
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
Tiffany White
916-342-0950
Rachel Morrison
205-415-0998
Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
Tom Storelli
916-834-3756
Scott Miller
916-965-5295 or 916-955-9284
Steve Brunberg
916-320-1588 Weekday Afternoons Only, Weekends Only
Tom Brasher
916-899-9614
Kevin Biddick
916-877-4338
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Fred Haelig
916-247-2620

Sacramento Area

Paul Lockhart
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-813-2937
Nathan Lewis
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Trees
916-730-7914
Bar Shacterman
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-961-5049
Doug Peccianti
916-484-1253
Louis Zurlo
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-698-6800 Weekday Afternoons Only, Weekends Only
Kevin Senser
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-498-4100
Jeff Goding
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-502-7556
Brad Thomas
916-485-7131 or 916-539-0303
Julia Roemer
916-804-1467
DW Schoenthal
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Other, Other Bees, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-607-9595 or 916-607-9595
Daniel Sederquist
916-838-0860 Weekday Afternoons Only, Weekends Only
Kevin Biddick
916-877-4338
James Deaton
Tina Macuha
916-761-0185
Tiffany White
916-342-0950
Blake Dacy
Trap-out or Cut-Out: Buildings, High Above Ground, Traffic Accidents, Trees
916-849-3528
Stephen Engel
916-362-8329
Dave Watson
916-798-8550
Rachel Morrison
205-415-0998