Bees and Beekeeping
Learn About Beekeeping
Exploring Beekeeping - May 9, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
If you are interested in keeping honey bees, but not yet sure how to start, this class is for you. After taking this course, you will be able to make a well-informed decision about keeping bees in your backyard.
- City ordinances
- Beehive location
- Time and financial requirements
- Honey plants, bee food needs
- Races of honey bees
- Obtaining, installing your new bees
- Helping your honey bees stay healthy
Cost is $25
Be aware that not all cities allow beekeeping in urban areas and some cities may require a permit. Check with your city for current regulations.
California is home to 1,600 identified species of bees. More fun facts about bees can be found here: Pollen Nation
Bees need access to pollen and nectar year round. This chart will help you select native plants that bloom at different times of year. California Native Plants for bees
Most bees don't live in colonies. Would you like to make a home for solitary bees? Directions are here, along with several plant lists. Bee Gardening Resources
This site has information about native bees, gardening for bees, and a bi-monthly newsletter. UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab
If you need to apply pesticides in your yard, the type you use and the timing of application are important, even when using organic products. Protecting Bees from Pesticides
Unwanted bee swarms
At times, bees can swarm in places where they can cause problems. Swarms can be temporary, which happens when bees leave their old hive and search for a new place to live. In that case, you can just wait a few days for them to leave. What steps can you take if they don't?
Here are some local Orange County beekeepers who perform bee removals, generally without extermination:
Lynne Gallaugher, Beekeeper
Phone: (714) 408-0018
Phone: (800) 476-6105