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Got bees? Here’s who to call for help.

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 8:00 am in beekeeper, bees.

Honey bees in a kestrel nest box. Photo by Marina Chainey, Richmond, CA
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A swarm of honey bees moved into one of my kestrel boxes today.  I’ve heard their numbers are down.  Should I contact someone to come and get them, since they are nicely contained?
Marina Chainey, Richmond, California

Honey bees in a kestrel nest box. Photo by Marina Chainey, Richmond, CA
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Good idea. Here’s a link to the Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association ( When you go to this website, look on the left side of the screen and click on “Honey bee removals.” It will take you to another page where you can find names of their volunteer members who will come get the bees and put them in a proper bee hive, instead of a kestrel nest box. There’s usually a $50 donation charge. It’s for a good cause. /Gary

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2 Responses to “Got bees? Here’s who to call for help.”

  1. Carrie Ash Says:

    The MDBA is a wonderful association. I called them regarding a swarm that was in a tree above my elderly neighbors home and they came out same day to carefully remove the swarm with the intent to transfer to a hive. Fascinating to watch from a safe distance.
    Please DO NOT call vector control with a claim of allergies etc to get them to come out and chemically kill swarms. They are valuable to our environment and in danger now due to hive collapse. One hive can produce thousands of future bees for next seasons harvest.

  2. Don Says:

    Gary, I live in north San Diego county and have a swarm of bees who have taken up residence in a bankers box in a storage area of my back yard. Got anybody in San Diego that would like a readymade, populated bee hive? Thanks, Don

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