Swarming is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honeybees. When a bee colony becomes too large it divides by swarming. Here in Victoria the swarming season is usually between September and December. However, occasionally colonies may swarm at other times. Warmer weather, combined with an abundance of nectar and pollen, stimulate the colony to increase in population. Swarms usually emerge from the colonies between 10am and 2pm on warm sunny days.

Bee Swarm Collection

A swarm of honeybees will cluster temporarily at one location, often hanging off the branch of a tree or bush, while a few scout bees locate a new home. When a suitable home is found the swarm moves as a group to that new site. This is usually after a few hours or up to a couple of days.

Bee Nest Removal

Bees that have made a permanent nest in and around the house are often not tolerated by the occupants of that building. To ensure that feral, abandoned or unwanted nesting colonies of honeybees are not unnecessarily destroyed, some members of The Beekeepers Club are willing to offer a Bee Removal service.

Removing bees nesting in buildings can be very difficult and sometimes costly.  Where there is no economical method of removing the bees, it may be necessary to destroy them. In such situations the services of a licensed Pest Control operator is required.

Swarm Collectors

To ensure that unwanted honeybees are not unnecessarily destroyed, members of The Beekeepers Club offer a swarm collection service, as well as the removal of bee nests where possible. To assist in finding a nearby swarm collector, see the list below.

Swarm Collection List

Name Address Phone Notes
Kerin O'Brien Ashburton 0438 428 959 Swarms and Nests
Andrew Janiak Brunswick West 0418 567 007 Swarms and Nests
Geoff Neville Doncaster 0412 613 135 Swarms and Nests
Graham Stallworthy Doncaster 0419 896 653 Swarms and Nests
Alison Fisher Donvale 0401 483 593
Dianna Kefaloukos Doreen 0414 721 851 Swarms and Nests
Bec McBride Emerald 0409 850 735 Swarms and Nests
Gavin Preston Forest Hill 0402 833 228 Swarms and Nests
Matt Lumalasi Heidelberg 0414 406 136 Swarms and Nests
Malcolm Alexander Kilsyth 0417 264 547 Swarms only
Susan Zuber Kinglake 0413 698 140 Swarms only
Michelle Driscoll Lilydale 0412 430 348 Swarms only
Peter Milic Mitcham 0418 340 093 Swarms only
Keith Piper Mitcham 9874 8634
Andrew Wootton North Carlton 0481 392 798 Swarms only
Damien Hoban Reservoir 0450 683 624 Swarms and Nests
Alex Doumis Riddells Creek 0414 416 255
Barry Roberts Sherbrooke 0413 057 756 Swarms and Nests
Rei Collaco Sunbury 0458 000 426 Swarms and Nests
Paul Pynaker The Patch (03) 9756 7277 Swarms and Nests
Ennio Torresan Warrandyte 0408 597 534 Swarms and Nests
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