SwarmsSwarming 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.
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.
|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|
|Dan Pamment||Essendon||0409 216 482||Swarms|
|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|
|Ashley Barrow||Narre Warren||0414 366 633||Swarms and Nests|
|Andrew Wootton||North Carlton||0481 392 798||Swarms only|
|Stuart Stone||Park Orchards||0408 764 045||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|