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.


Name Address Phone Notes
Peter Rundle Box Hill 0457 006 575 Swarms only
Bryce Smith  Box Hill 0419 627 710 Swarms only 
Blackburn North 0413 791 664 Swarms only
John Treloar Camberwell 0409 164 234 Swarms only
Graham Stallworthy Doncaster 0419 896 653 Swarms only
Alison Fisher Donvale 0401 483 593
Andrew Stanish Diamond Creek/Eltham 

0418 521 869

Swarms and Nests
Bec McBride Emerald 0409 850 735 Swarms and Nests
Dan Pamment Essendon 0409 216 482 Swarms only
Adrian O'Hagan Forest Hill 0408 768 343 Swarms only
Gavin Preston Forest Hill 0402 833 228 Swarms and Nests
Shayne Stanley Glen Waverley 0410 690 562  Swarms only
Kent Henderson Hawthorn East 0417 599 548 Swarms only 
Mat Lumalasi Heidelberg 0414 406 136 Swarms and Nests
Susan Zuber Kinglake 0413 698 140 Swarms only
Geoff Neville
0412 613 135
Swarms and Nests
Peter Milic Mitcham 0418 340 093 Swarms only
Keith Piper Mitcham 9874 8634
Tony Wilsmore  Moonee Ponds  0400 817 146 
Swarms only
Peter TippingNarre Warren 0403 173 837 Swarms and Nests 
Ashley Barrow Narre Warren 0414 366 633 Swarms and Nests
Mustafa Hamini  Narre Warren East 0412 307 213 Swarms only
Morgan Koegel Northcote 0402 496 217 Swarms only
Andrew Wootton North Carlton 0481 392 798 Swarms only
Stuart Stone Park Orchards 0408 764 045 Swarms only
Damien Hoban Reservoir 0447 746 639 Swarms and Nests
Maureen Koegel Warrandyte 0425 780 456  Swarms only 
Brad Hales Watsonia, Warrandyte & ThomastownO417 549 707 Swarms and Nests 
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