AHB and BEE SAFETY
2016 best management practices for maintaining honey bee colonies in unincorporated San Diego County
State law requires all beekeepers with any apiaries to register annually with the Agricultural Commissioner. Registration is only $10.00 per year if you have ten or more hives. There is no registration fee if you have nine or fewer hives. If you do not register and you are reported to the Commissioner, state law allows fines up to $1,000.
Registration is beneficial to you in several ways:
• Our entomologist and/or bee specialist is available to help you with bee issues.
• Registered apiary owners are notified when a pesticide is being applied near their apiary.
• Your registration makes you part of our honey bee information network.
• You will receive the latest information on bees, research and any regulatory efforts.
• We can inform you of educational opportunities in your field, since our office and the Cooperative Extension offers periodic training on how to continue AHB-free bee keeping.
• In addition, if complaints are received about registered bee keepers, we make every effort to resolve them without regulatory action.
Download the current apiary registration form and mail it to us with your $10 registration fee.
Apiary Registration Form (pdf)
COUNTY ORDINANCE FOR BEES IN THE ININCORPORATED AREAS:
County Bee Ordinance (pdf)
Are you in the unincorporated area of San Diego County? JURISDICTION FINDER
What are "Sensitive Sites"?
REMOVAL of BEES
The County of San Diego CAN NOT remove bees from private property. We DO NOT recommend that you attempt to remove bees yourself. The bees may become agitated and you and others may be stung. Please contact a pest control company (look under "BEES" in the yellow pages) to find a local company that operates in your area.
AFRICANIZED HONEY BEES
Africanized honey bees (AHB) are in San Diego County! The entire County, from desert to coast, is considered colonized by AHB. This means that you might encounter aggressive honey bees anywhere in the County. Click the links below for more information.