Swarms are the natural form of reproduction for honey bees and in our climate are most common from March-June. If you see a cluster of honey bees on a tree limb, fence post, etc. do not panic, and DO NOT SPRAY THE BEES with water or poison as this will aggravate them. Once they settle, swarms are generally docile and not to be feared. Honey bees are much easier to relocate when in this cluster. If not collected and relocated, the bees often move into buildings and it becomes a much more invasive and expensive job to remove them. Swarm relocation services are free of charge unless deemed to be highly technical, time consuming, or require more than one visit.
There is a “beekeeping renaissance” happening right now, and it is manifesting in many new backyard beekeepers. This is wonderful, but there is a steep learning curve to keeping bees, and new beekeepers can benefit from hands-on guidance as they begin the journey. With years of experience managing hives, Santa Cruz Bee Company helps guide new beekeepers through their first year. I help new beekeepers build confidence through monthly or quarterly check-ins, during which I provide personally tailored management techniques, hive health assessments and record keeping.
Do you love honey? What about propolis?! Santa Cruz Bee Co. offers a variety of single origin, varietal honeys harvested from apiaries throughout Santa Cruz County. Our honey and other value added hive products make great gifts! Also available for special events upon request.
Set up your apiary for success with a site consultation for your hive placement. The services of site consulting and on-going hive management can be packaged along with mentorship for backyard beekeepers with pre-existing hives who want to be involved at a hands-on level.
Corporate Events & Honey Tastings
Are you looking for a unique experience for your group? Santa Cruz Bee Co. offers a variety of options from corporate events to field trips and honey tasting experiences. We book educational experiences at your home, office or location of choice with an observation bee hive, honey tasting and a bee biology lesson. Do you want to see a beehive in its natural habitat? Arrange to visit one of our apiaries and have your own "hive dive". Sales of honey and other products can also be arranged for your event.
Individuals, businesses or farms who want to establish an apiary on their property but are not interested in managing the bees themselves can hire Santa Cruz Bee Company to install hives in their yard, on their roof or on their land and manage them for a monthly fee.This provides all of the benefits of keeping bees with none of the work or heavy lifting involved.
Classes + Workshops
Santa Cruz Bee Co. offers a variety of beekeeping courses through the Cabrillo College Extension as well as other workshops. See our "Events" tab for registration and other details. We also book school assemblies, summer camps, field trips, conference presentations and community events.
Honey bees in buildings--walls, ceilings, chimneys-- can be a problem. Usually the bees themselves aren’t the issue, but their wax combs, filled with honey and pollen, are attractive to other pests and rodents. If you have honey bees in a structure, PLEASE DO NOT CALL AN EXTERMINATOR. Santa Cruz Bee Company specializes in live, humane removal and relocation of honey bees. We will provide a free site visit and estimate of the cost of the job. If the bees have shown up within the past two weeks, a less-invasive trap-out may be possible. Otherwise, it may be a bigger job to open the wall and remove the bees and wax combs.