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 RundleBox Hill0457 006 575Swarms only
Bryce Smith Box Hill0419 627 710Swarms only 
Blackburn North0413 791 664 Swarms only
John TreloarCamberwell0409 164 234Swarms only
Graham Stallworthy Doncaster 0419 896 653 Swarms only
Alison Fisher Donvale 0401 483 593
Peter TippingNarre Warren0403 173 837Swarms and Nests
Bec McBride Emerald 0409 850 735 Swarms and Nests
Dan Pamment Essendon 0409 216 482 Swarms only
Adrian O'HaganForest Hill0408 768 343Swarms only
Gavin Preston Forest Hill 0402 833 228 Swarms and Nests
Shayne StanleyGlen Waverley0410 690 562 Swarms only
Kent HendersonHawthorn East0417 599 548Swarms 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
Ashley Barrow Narre Warren 0414 366 633 Swarms and Nests
Mustafa Hamini Narre Warren East0412 307 213Swarms 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
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