Whenever possible, avoid contact with honey bees and never disturb a bee nest or swarm.Because honey bee colonies are found throughout Imperial County it is important to learn about the habits of honey bees, common nesting sites, general precautions that you can take, how to bee-proof your home, and what to do if you are stung.

The feral honey bees are extremely protective of their nest and brood. Stay a safe distance from the nest. The USDA recommends at least 100 feet, or the width of a four-lane highway, is a MINIMUM SAFE distance. The best advice is that if you encounter a bee nest, start moving away and immediately call the BEE HOTLINE for professional assistance

Report a honey bee swarm or nest

To report a honey bee swarm or nest, contact the BEE HOTLINE: (760) 336-2252


Please note

Do not attempt to destroy a nest of bees yourself –by doing so, you could provoke a stinging attack! have nests destroyed as soon as possible before the bees attack someone!

  • The Environmental Health Division – Vector Control Program is not endorsing the use of any particular exterminator, including those on this list.
  • Additional exterminators area listed under “Pest Control Services” in the phone book.
  • You will be charged for the work done by the exterminator.
  • Prices vary among commercial responders; call more than one exterminator for an estimate of charges.
Company Phone 
IV Termite & Pest Control (760) 352-4132
MSA Termite & Pest Control (760) 344-3200
Pestmaster Services (760) 355-1111
Duran's Termite & Pest Control (760) 482-0700
Dragons Exterminator (800) 870-8850
Desert Web (760) 592-8471
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