The 2023 Apiary Registration is now available and can be found on our "Forms" page.
Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa Mandarinia)
Please note there have been no official reports or pest finds of the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) in Orange County to this date.
To report any possible sightings of this pest or any possible invasive plant/pest in your area, please contact the California Department of Food and Agriculture Report a Pest hotline at phone (800) 491-1899 or visit cdfa.ca.gov.
If you are concerned about a beehive on County property, please contact our office:
Monday - Friday query_builder 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. phone (714) 955-0200
After Hours (Weekends and Holidays) phone (714) 628-7000
If the bees are on private property:
For information on the removal of problem bees, contact a private pest control specialist.
explore Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC) Bee Removal List
If the bees are on City-owned property, you may want to contact the respective City office for help.
Photo credit - Denis Whitfill
Africanized Honey Bees
Africanized Honey Bees, nicknamed “killer bees” in the media, were documented in Orange County in March of 1999. All honey bees which are unmanaged or feral (living in the wild) could display “Africanized” traits due to hybridization with Africanized honey bees. The highly publicized northward migration of the Africanized honey bee has caused all of Southern California and much of the southwestern United States to be declared home to Africanized bees. Beekeepers, scientists, pest control operators and government agencies have been educating residents about this issue for a number of years.
explore University of California, Riverside - Department of Entomology - Insect Information - Africanized Bees in California