Report a Swarm
Bees have to reproduce as it's their natural way for survival and the result is called a Swarm!
Swarms can basically land anywhere from the fence posts to letterboxes but more commonly on tree branches. Prior to leaving the parent hive, the bees gorge themselves on honey in anticipation of finding a new home. They need the stores to survive during the transition. When they land, they form a cluster temporarily in one area and can stay there from a few hours to a several days before moving to a new location. During this period the scout bees are busily sourcing a new location to set up the new home and several factors are required for the swarm to agree to move on.
As a general rule, swarms are not aggressive as they are not protecting their home - they are looking for a new one. Also they have full stomachs of honey which makes it harder for them to wrap around their abdomen to sting. As I mentioned, this is only a generalisation as I have personally experienced some extremely aggressive swarms so don't be fooled thinking it is safe.
We recommend you ensure children and animals are kept well away from them and do not interfere with the Swarm as it makes it more difficult for removal and it can also aggravate them.
If you do find a swarm, please call one of the beekeepers below who service your area. The beekeepers help relocate them in a suitable home and the honeybees are therefore saved from being destroyed. Some swarm collectors do charge a fee, this is to cover the costs of the equipment they need to house them and maybe petrol. So always check what they charge before they arrive to save any uncomfortable conversation once the job has been finished.
Another thing to ensure if you haven't mistaken a wasp nest for a swarm or feral colony. A Feral colony is when the bees have made comb in a random place as they didn't find a suitable cavity to move into. This is a picture of a huge feral colony in possum boxes in a tree. Please note that this type of removal is difficult and takes time. So check with the beekeepers if he/she removes feral colonies before they turn up at your property. Cost for remove is higher than swarm removal.
It is far better to call a Beekeeper/Apiarist than a Pest Controller - so help save the bees and have them re-homed by someone who cares about our food chain and our future. Many thanks.
Below is a list of swarm collectors, please note that Bec's BeeHive does not take any liability or responsibility for the people mentioned below and does not endorse them. They are purely beekeepers who have requested to be listed on this page as to offering the service to your local community. Bec's BeeHive relinquishes any liability for their actions. Please leave message with your name, suburb and contact tel number along with short description of swarm size and location (i.e. branch, chimney, fence). Thanks
If you would like to be included in this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org your details.0412307213
|Dandenong Ranges, Cardinia, City of Knox or areas not noted here as I have a comprehensive list of swarm collectors which are not listed here. We farm out the job to those closest to you.||Bec 0409 850 735|
|Yarra Ranges, Warburton & Surrounds||Yarra Valley Bee Club
0490 663 980
|Melbourne CBD & Northern Channel||Mat 0414 406 136|
|Wantirna & immediate surrounds||Haydn 0412 553 434|
|Knox, Greater Dandenong surrounds||0412307213|
|Doncaster & Surrounds||Helmut 0419 373 814|
|Narren Warren & Surrounds||Ash 0414 366 633|
|Thornbury||Benedict 0418 863 884|
|Dingley, Hampton, Moorabbin & Surrounds||Nikolai 0422 299 866|
|Greater Dandenong||Mustafa 0412307213|
|Kinglake & Surrounds||Sue 0413 698 140|
Kate 0422 577 139
|Pakenham to Cranbourne||Chris 0421 514 742|
|South Gippsland area||Club 0413 252 128|
|Warragul & Surrounds, West Gippsland||Martin 0428 458 482|
|Macedon Ranges (Woodend)||Matthew 0417 313 002|
Geelong to Bendigo to Melbourne -
|Bee Removals Vic
0421 885 338
|Bellarine Peninsula||Grant 0419 520 640|
|Colac/Otway and surrounds in South West Vic||Greg 0352102700|
|Portland/Heywood||Mark 03 552 71 752|
|Cobram & surrounds to 120km||Mike 0403 177 531|
|WASP Nest Removal - Melbourne & Surrounds||Tommy 0418 398 790|
|Sydney CBD||Vicki (02) 9232 5600|
|Sydney eastern Suburbs, e.g. Rosebery, Alexandria, Botany, Kensington, Zetland||Fiona 0401222979|
|Camden to Blacktown||Darren 0401874427|
|NSW Lower Hunter Valley and lower Mid North Coast||
|Victor Harbour, Southern Fleurieu areas
(also cutouts/feral colonies)
|Mark 0402 381 169|
Eric 0414 501 578
|Queanbeyan & Surrounds||Scott 0427 380 604|
|South of Hobart; Kingston, Margate and down the Channel to Gordon and around to Cygnet.||Michael 0439 965 956|
|Greater Hobart, Eastern Shore, Sorell, Dodges Ferry areas.||
|Brisbane & Surrounds||Jack 0406 287 815|
|Bussleton, Bunbury & Surrounds||Kylie
|Please contact me as we are always needing more to add to our list. Thanks|