Bee Swarms & Apiaries

Bee Swarms & Colonies

If you stumble upon something that looks like a beard made of honey bees hanging from a branch, bush, fence or other surfaces, it's likely a swarm that is passing by and just chose to rest for a while. Bees traveling in swarms typically leave within hours or may stay a couple of days; they are not very aggressive since they have no colony to defend. If you notice bees flying continuously in and out of a location (hole in the wall or tree trunk, for example), you probably have located an established colony.

If you find a swarm or colony of bees, contact a local beekeeper.  If the colony is in a structure or building, it is usually necessary to call a licensed structural pest control business for removal. A local beekeeper may be able to assist you.

Some nuisance bees include honey bees, Africanized honey bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.

Commercial Apiaries

Upon request, Agricultural Commissioner staff is available to conduct apiary inspections. You may also register with our office to receive notice when certain pesticides known or believed to pose a threat to honey bees are applied within a 1 mile radius of your operation.

To request an inspection or to register, contact Bob Roach at roachb@co.monterey.ca.us or 831-759-7325.