If you live on the Peninsula, in San Francisco, or in Northern Santa Clara County, call one of the beekeepers on the swarm list below, and they will come out and retrieve the swarm.

Please note: our beekeepers are not pest control professionals. They are experienced with honey bees and can rescue them unless the bees are too high, in a wall, etc. We remove honeybees only. We are not able to work with wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, carpenter bees or bumblebees. See below for a comparison of honeybees, wasps, and yellow jackets. Also, if the “bees” nest is in the ground, those are not honeybees — they are probably wasps. San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement will remove wasps, contact them at (650) 344-8592).

Bay Side: Brisbane to Palo Alto

CityTravel (Miles)NamePhoneEmailWeekdaysEveningsWeekends
Atherton10Denise Charlebois650-740-9883XXX
Atherton10Ting Louie650-285-3883XXX
Atherton10Rick OConnor650-313-2911XXX
Belmont15Colleen Carter707-310-4239XXX
Belmont20Bob Carrillo650-766-6050XXX
Belmont20Bill Jackson650-339-3029XXX
Belmont30Seán McLoughlin415-740-0165XXX
Belmont30Michael Nelson650-867-2489XXX
Emerald Hills20Chris Talbot408-816-0588XXX
Foster City10Elodie Lorenz310-741-1980XX
Menlo Park6John Burkholder650-417-1231  XXX
Menlo Park10Gwen Solomon650-207-8909XX
Menlo Park30Elizabeth Newell650-269-9208XXX
Millbrae15Walter Levison415-203-0990XXX
North Fair Oaks10Tim Prachar650-213-6497 XXX
Palo Alto30Ali Byrd415-990-1846XX
Palo Alto30Art Hall  408-712-0663  XXX
Palo Alto10Belinda Ramirez650-332-4963XXX
Palo Alto20David Rickling408-821-3118XX
Redwood City10Gus Milionis415-699-1844XXX
San Carlos20Bryan Hains  650-250-4787  XXX
San Mateo10Oliver Frank650-333-3390XX
San Mateo10Kevin Kelly415-794-5327XXX
San Mateo25Dan Sommers650-773-9870XXX
South San Francisco20Diane Zingale650-670-2064XXX

Hills: Woodside, Portola Valley

CityTravel (Miles)NamePhoneEmailWeekdaysEveningsWeekends
Woodside10Fiona Ryan415-710-2177XXX
Woodside15Julia McDonald650-464-2840X
Woodside15Ismael Rivera650-704-9780X

Coast Side: Daly City to Pescadero

CityTravel (Miles)NamePhoneEmailWeekdaysEveningsWeekends
Daly City25Alla Grankina650-630-3530XXX
Half Moon Bay12Gary Butler650-619-4336  XXX
Half Moon Bay30Raymond Wolfgramm650-255-9106  XXX
Pacifica20Donald Brda650-743-4047XX
Pacifica20Philip Gerrie650-766-3513XXX
Peter Menard408-624-0347XXX
Pacifica10Christina Rimmer510-290-9460XXX

Swarm Reporting for Neighboring Counties

To report a swarm outside of San Mateo County, please contact:

The Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County provides this swarm and honeybee removal contact list as a service to the public. We are neither an oversight or certification organization for beekeepers. If you engage the services of anyone on the list, please be aware that you are engaging the services of that beekeeper as an individual —not hiring them as an agent of the Guild. Problems are rare, but if one occurs, it is a matter between you and the individual that you engaged to handle your bee situation. We welcome feedback but can’t mediate your situation.

Note: if you are on the swarm list and need to update your contact info, please email