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Apiary (Bees)

The Glenn County Department of Agriculture is dedicated to supporting the apiary industry by providing a variety of services established to both protect and promote healthy bee populations in our region. In an effort to safeguard the health of our native bees and the vitality of beekeeping in our county, our office partners with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the California Bee Breeders Association (CBBA), local beekeepers, and neighboring counties to provide pest inspection services, and bee export services. Specifically, our office provides the following regulatory services:

  • Inspection for pests and diseases (including Foul Brood, Acarine Mites, Varroa Mites, Small Hive Beetle, etc.)
  • Issuance of shipping certificates
  • Hive registration
  • Provide for notification of insecticide applications in the vicinity of hives
  • Hive strength inspections
  • Follow-up homeowner complaints
  • Investigate possible Africanized Bees
  • Maintain a list of beekeepers who will collect a swarm


Before You Spray Run a Bee Check

GROWERS/PCBs: Before you Spray – check for Bees!

Click here to see if bees are being kept within one mile of your application site.  Not all registered beekeepers request notification however, as an applicator, you are required to check for apiaries around the site prior to spraying a pesticide toxic to bees.  This is only applicable to sites with blooming plants.  This includes not only the planted crop but also any weeds in the field and adjacent fields, roadsides, or ditches.  The website BeeWhereCalifornia includes “Bee Check”, a tool used to alert you - the applicator about bees in the vicinity of the application site.  A Bee Check shall occur at least 48 hours before each application date.  This system replaces the Tri-County Bee Notification System. If you have any questions, please call the office at 530-934-6501.



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Apiary Forms / Links:

Glenn County Apiary Ordinance

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