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Due to significant public health concerns from the COVID-19 coronavirus and the need to meet social distancing requirements, the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures' offices are currently operating under modified schedules. 

All three of our offices are staffed and have partially re-opened to serve our customers. However, customers are strongly encouraged to call ahead and make appointments for any necessary services. 

Please see the July 2020 Department of Agriculture / Weights and Measures Update for more information on current office hours, or contact us at the Department's main phone line or email.

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Apiary Complaints

Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Arroyo Grande Office

Monday - Friday 8-4

810 West Branch Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Tel: (805) 473-7090

Fax: (805) 473-7094

Templeton Office

Monday - Friday 8-4

350 North Main Street Templeton, CA 93465

Tel: (805) 434-5950

Fax: (805) 434-5953

San Luis Obispo Office

Monday - Friday 8-5

2156 Sierra Way San Luis Obispo , CA 93401

Tel: (805) 781-5910

Fax: (805) 781-1035

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bee swarm?

A bee swarm is an event that happens every year in just about all beehives. In the early spring of each year, honeybees produce new queens. Once the new queens have been produced, the old queen leaves the hive taking with her a portion of the hive’s population. This group of worker bees, drones, and the old queen is a known as a swarm. The swarm will set out in search of a suitable location to start a new hive. During the search the group may land and form a mass while a few of the bees continue to search for a suitable location. This mass of bees may stay in an area for up to a few days before moving on.

What do I do if I see a swarm?

If you see a swarm, leave it alone. The bees most likely will move on in a day or two once their scout bees have found a suitable location to build a hive. If the swarm does not move on and begins building a hive on your property, you can call a local beekeeper, or a licensed pest control company to have it removed. Refer to the telephone directory for a listing of beekeepers and pest control companies.

What do I do if I am being stung?

Run in a straight line, cover your head and seek shelter in the closest possible place. Remove the stingers as soon as possible by scraping them off with your fingernail or a credit card. Do not attempt to pull the stinger with tweezers or your fingers as this will inject more venom. Wash the area with soap and water and apply ice to reduce swelling. If you are allergic to bees or have been stung multiple times, seek medical attention immediately.

How do I protect myself from bees?

To protect yourself and your family from bees: Remain alert for bees when outdoors, use caution when around bees and respect all bees. Eliminate all potential nesting sites by sealing off gaps in walls, chimneys, and around plumbing. Discourage bees from making your home their home. Inspect eaves of structures for signs of bees. Watch for regular entrance and exit routes used by bees If chased by a bee swarm, run away in a straight line, cover your head and face with your shirt or jacket, and seek protection in an enclosed structure or car. Call a pest control company if you find a hive in an area where people, pets or livestock could be harmed. Pest control companies are listed in the yellow pages of your local telephone directory.