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Honey Bees

The District rarely removes bee hives.

Honey bees are beneficial insects. However, they will defend their nests and can be more aggressive if their nest or the areas around their nest are disturbed.

Hives or swarms found on residential property are the responsibility of the homeowner. We encourage residents to contact a licensed beekeeper or private pest control company licensed for bee removal. Private pest control operators licensed by the State can be found online or by calling 916-372-4363.

The District is not associated with nor can recommend one company/service over another. Residents are urged to thoroughly research any business and request several quotes before agreeing to service. Once the hive is removed, District staff can offer guidance on how to “bee proof” the property to reduce the likelihood that bees will reestablish a colony there.

The District may carry out bee removal in cases where hives or swarms are located in a non-structural location, such as trees and bushes, or in an accessible place where the bees pose an imminent threat to the public. 

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