Bee Information

Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)

Please note there have been no official reportings 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 you area please contact the California Department of Food and Agriculture Report a Pest hotline at 1(800) 491-1899 or click here 


Nuisance Bees

If you are concerned about a bee hive on County property, please contact our office:

    Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 5:00 pm:  (714) 955-0200
    After hours--weekends--holidays:      (714) 628-7000

If the bees are on private property:

    For information on the removal of problem bees, contact a private pest control specialist.
    Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC) bee removal list

If the bees are on City-owned property, you may want to contact the City office for help.  

                                                                      Photo credit - Denis Whitfill


Africanized Honey Bees

Image of Africanized Honey BeeAfricanized 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.

University of California, Riverside - Department of Entomology - Insect Information - Africanized Bees in California