Swarm Removal

If you’re a club member and would like to be added to the swarm hotline or you need to update your current listing, please click the button below and provide the requested information.

If you have a swarm on your property please do not have the bees destroyed! If you would like them removed, please contact a beekeeper from the list and have the following information ready before calling:

  • Address where swarm is located
  • How BIG is it? Softball? Basketball? Bigger?
  • How HIGH UP is it? Arms reach? Roof height? Top of tree?
  • Do you have a ladder that will reach them?
  • Is the swarm outside or inside?
  • How long has it been there?

Answers to these questions will help the beekeeper arrive with the right equipment. Photos that show cluster size and the immediate surrounding area are also helpful.

Please note: our beekeepers are not pest control professionals and will only remove honey bees. If the “bees” nest in the ground, they are not honey bees — they are most likely wasps. See comparison below for help with identification.

bee vs wasp

IMPORTANT NOTE  The El Dorado Beekeepers provide this swarm removal list as a public service. If you engage the service of a beekeeper from this list, please note you are engaging them as an individual — they are NOT an agent of the El Dorado Beekeepers.

Swarm Hotline

Below are beekeepers available for swarm removal. If you don’t get a response, move on to another.


Name Location Phone Email
Chuck Jachens Western Slope El Dorado County (916) 261-6756 Click here
Sandy Honigsberg Western Slope El Dorado County (530) 263-2029 Click here
Sean Hoobler Georgetown Divide (916) 531-9445 Click here
Mike Michael Rescue (916) 247-6453 Click here
David Noble Rescue (530) 340-3462 Click here
Roger Bare All of El Dorado County (307) 690-0519 Click here
Steven Baker All of El Dorado County (530) 391-3110 Click here
Monika Baker All of El Dorado County (530) 644-4656 Click here
Bernard Ruzicka Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park (916) 719-6708 Click here
Sue L Sanders El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Sacramento area (209) 401-5607 Click here
Justin Martin Placerville (707) 249-5310 Click here
Penny Brown Somerset/Pleasant Valley (530) 306-9717 Click here
Dale Wallerstein Rescue ((530) 306-7832 Click here

Have a swarm? Relax!

While bees are swarming they are generally very docile. They are merely looking for a temporary spot to gather while scout bees fly out to find a permanent home.

Bee Swarm

They’re often not very picky about this temporary location. It could be in a tree or bush, on a car or park bench, anywhere they can land to form a protective cluster around their queen.

Bee Swarm

Swarms usually stay at their temporary location anywhere from a couple of hours to a few of days.