Bee Swarms & Nest Removal
- If you see a bee swarm phone Backyard Honey now on 0425 873 555 for free advice on what to do.
- Do not delay, if they are in an exposed location such as a tree or bush they will probably move to a nearby, enclosed space such as a wall cavity. This usually occurs within a few hours.
- Backyard Honey promptly and safely relocates bee swarms and nests into sustainable bee hives.
- Removing bee nests from wall cavities, etc. is more difficult and expensive than capturing the swarm before they find their new “home”.
What is a bee swarm?
- A swarm occurs when the hive’s Queen Bee and roughly half of her bees (approximately 20,000) decide to leave their current hive to set up a new hive. The bees remaining in the original hive work hard to make a new Queen by feeding royal jelly to young lava. This is how new bee hives are created.
- When the bees leave the hive they will only fly a short distance, normally less than 1km. Swarming bees stop to rest when the Queen Bee stops. When this happens, the bees form a protective ball around their Queen, normally about the size of a football. The collection of bees (swarm) often settle on a tree branch 1 or 2 meters above the ground and wait there until scout bees have found a suitable longterm home.
- If you see a cloud or swarm of bees that suddenly “disappears” chances are they are resting somewhere nearby while the scout bees look for a new home.
- Bee swarms are not out to attack people. They are simply looking for a new home and should not be disturbed or scared away by spraying or throwing things. Scared, angry bees are very likely to pursue harrasers. Bee swarms are best left alone.
- Spring and summer are typically the seasons bees swarm.
What is a bee nest?
- A bee nest is a colony of bees that establish themselves somewhere other than in an apiarist’s hive box. The most common places for bee nests to be found are in wall cavities, possum boxes, compost bins and hollow trees.
- An established bee nest is very unlikely to move on of it’s own accord. In most cases Backyard Honey apiarists can safely relocate bee nests into a beehive. In very rare circumstances, poisoning is the only solution.
- If bee nests are not appropriately removed there is a strong chance that bees, or other creatures, will smell the honey and recolonise the location.
- Backyard Honey apiarists provide specialist bee nest removal advice and services.
- Backyard Honey rescued and relocated 13 suburban bee swarms in Melbourne during a week in January 2014.
- A bee nest should not be ignored. Unmanaged nests will spread disease and give rise to swarms.