Swarm Removal in Melbourne and Victoria
It’s not an uncommon story. You’ve pulled into your driveway in Melbourne or country Victoria, and noticed a mass of bees in a cluster the size of a football. Although this can look like a beehive, it’s likely to be a swarm of bees. Swarming is a natural phenomenon that usually occurs during springtime in Melbourne and Victoria over a period of two to three weeks. It is the method by which a new honey bee colony is created when the queen bee decides to leave the original colony with a large group of her workers in tow; in a large swarm, about 60% of the workers follow her, with afterswarms sometimes continuing until a beehive is almost totally depleted of workers. The swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees, which makes it unsurprising that their gathering in your driveway, porch or ceiling can be too close for comfort!
This process is a natural means of reproduction for honey bee colonies, as a single colony multiplies to make two or more colonies. But due to the huge number of bees involved in these swarms (sometimes up to tens of thousands), bee removal is dangerous if you are inexperienced; once you find a swarm on your Melbourne or Victorian property, it is best to contact a professional who can safely remove the bees and rehome them. Whilst the bees are in a swarm they can be quite easy to remove, but by the time a colony has made itself a home from something or somewhere unusual they can be quite a task to remove, depending on the entrance and position of the hive.
It is common to find a bee swarm on Melbourne and Victorian residence, often in compost bins, large flower pots and verandah bannisters. If you find a bee swarm in an inappropriate place on your Melbourne or Victorian home or property, do not hesitate to contact Ben’s Bees on 0437 077 792 and I will safely extract the bees, transfer them to a Langstroth hive and relocate them.