If you find a bee hive or swarm in the City of Santa Barbara public right-of-way (ROW), please call Vector Control at (805) 564-5596 to report the location, or send an email to RAparicio@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.
If you find bees inside a City water meter box, please call Meter Services at (805) 897-2516.
We will send professional beekeepers to assess the situation, and will safely remove and relocate the bees if they are in a location that is dangerous to the public. As an official Bee City USA, it is City policy to save bees and not to exterminate them; the use of pesticides for City bee removal is not allowed.
Call Vector Control about a bee hive or swarm:
Examples of the public right-of-way include city streets, sidewalks, median strips, and street trees and bushes.
For bees on private property, we recommend you call the Mosquito and Vector Management District at (805) 969-5050 or send them a message through their website. They'll give you a list of beekeepers who relocate bees.