Bee Removal

Do you have a problem with Honey Bees?

If the answer is “YES” you may want to consider our Bee Removal Service but before you do it would be helpful to know exactly what you have  a problem with…..

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Can you tell the difference between a Honey Bee and a European Wasp?

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Honey Bees

Can vary in colour depending on the type of bee, they can vary from a light to very dark brown. If it is a honey bee you are having a problem with, then our bee removal service may be able to assist.

european wasp

European Wasps

Have bright yellow strips with black spots on either side of the black triangle in the middle of their back. Wasps generally live in the ground, can sting continuously and can be very aggressive.
If this is what you are having a problem with then you need to call a pest controller.

What is the difference between a Honey Bee Swarm, Nest and Hive?

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Bee Swarm

A bee swarm consists of adult bees only, it does not contain comb with brood, honey or pollen. A swarm of Honey Bees will cluster temporarily at one location, often hanging off the branch of a tree or bush, while a few scout bees search for a new home. When a suitable home is found the swarm moves as a group to their new home.
If the swarm of bees is in an accessible location, then we can assist by collecting the swarm.

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Bee Nest

A bee nest is an established bee home, where they have built comb and have started raising their brood, storing honey and pollen for food. Bees generally prefer dark sheltered enclosures for their homes, like tree hollows or in structures such as attics, between the studs of house walls, garages or other buildings, within porch roofs, meter boxes, chimneys or in similar areas – and in rare circumstances in the open, on the branches of a tree or bush.
If the bee nest is in an accessible location, then we can assist by removing the bee nest.

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Beehive

A beehive is a man-made structure that has been created to enable a beekeeper to  manage bee colonies.  A beehive is built in a way that enables a beekeeper to remove excess honey from the hive without damaging or destroying the bee colony. A beekeeper keeps beehives in a location known as an apiary.

Why do bees swarm?

Swarming is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of Honey Bees to ensure the survival of the species.

When a bee colony becomes too large and/or there is plenty of food (an abundance of nectar and pollen) and the environmental conditions are right (warmer weather) this stimulates the colony to increase in population and then the colony divides by swarming.

Here in Victoria the swarming season is normally between September and December and they usually emerge from the colony between 10am and 2pm on warm sunny days. However, occasionally colonies may swarm at other times.

If you are fortunate enough to witness one of nature’s most wonderful performances – a bee swarm, you will be totally amazed by the noise and display. Despite the thousands of bees buzzing around, this is not a form of aggression or attack. The bees are excited and clearing the way for the queen to emerge from the hive without interference, to sting you is not on their minds, all they are about to do is look for a new home.

Within 5 to 10 minutes the swarm will have settled down, where they will form a cluster of bees around the queen, generally hanging from a tree branch or other structure, from this temporary location a few scout bees will commence looking for a new home. The search for a new home is generally completed within a few hours or days, upon which the swarm leaves its temporary location in a drifting buzzing black cloud, to settle in the new home.

However, if the swarm has been interfered with prior to the arrival on your property, the bees might be agitated and become aggressive.

What to do with a Swarm

When a swarm of bees arrives on your property there is no need to panic!

  • Keep children and pets inside the house until the flying bees have clustered onto a bush or another object.
  • After the swarm has clustered and most of the bees have stopped flying, it is usually safe to be outside the house.
  • Keep children and animals well away from the swarm.
  • Arrange to have the swarm removed.
  • Wear footwear to protect your feet in case bees have settled or are crawling on the ground.
  • Do not attempt to move the swarm by hosing it, throwing stones at it, smoking the bees or taking any action to make the swarm move.
  • Do not spray the swarm with fly spray or any other pesticide.
  • Any interference with the swarm will only aggravate the bees and encourage them to sting in defence.
  • Interfering with the swarm will make it more difficult for a beekeeper to deal with the bees.

When the swarm is in an accessible location, collecting it is fairly easy. Capturing it becomes more difficult once it has entered your walls or roof and becomes a nested colony. Act quickly, don’t leave it, hoping that it will go away, which it might just do but it could also end up setting up their nest in your home.

Nested Colonies

Bee’s nesting in and around houses are often not welcome by the occupants, to remove a bee nest from a compost bin is generally fairly easy, although it can be quite an arduous and time consuming job when the bees have been living there for some months or even years.

However, removing bees nesting in buildings can be very difficult and sometimes very costly. Where there is no easy and economical method of removing the bees, it may be necessary to destroy them. In some situations the services of a Pest Control organisation might be required.

For the successful removal of a bee nest it should only be performed from spring through to the end of summer, this provides the relocated bee colony with sufficient time to recover from such a stressful process and provides sufficient time for the rebuilding of their home in a bee hive before winter sets in and restricts their activities.

When bees have been using the same location for a while, their nest can be quite large and whether the nest has been removed or destroyed it is imperative that all comb is removed and access to the location is blocked where possible, otherwise it won’t take long and a new bee swarm will move in, attracted by the scent of honey stored in the comb.

Bee Removal Service

To ensure any unwanted Honey Bees are not unnecessarily destroyed, we offer a Bee Removal Service, for both swarms and nested Honey Bee colonies where possible.

Depending on the bee removal service required, a fee will be charged on the complexity and time spent on the removal. In most cases to remove the bees successfully, the hive needs to remain at the location until dark with a swarm and a couple of nights for a nest. This is to ensure that all bees are in the hive and none are left behind. Bee hives are moved from one location to another in the dark.

Please contact us for a quote on our Bee Removal Service.

Any bees collected get relocated and quarantined for a couple of months away from other apiary sites, to ensure that they have no diseases or pests that can be transferred to healthy beehives.

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