Swarming is the bees natural reproductive cycle. Once a colony has decided to reproduce, the old queen and approximately 60% of the colony gorge themselves with honey then leave the nest which is left to raise a new queen. The now homeless swarm rests nearby and clusters together for warmth and to protect their queen.
During this clustering, the swarm is usually very docile as they don't have a home to defend as well as they are full of honey making it difficult for them to physically sting. While the queen and the majority of the swarm cluster is resting, they send out scout bees in search of a new home for them to move into.
It is best to collect the swarm as soon as possible before they find someplace else to move to as they could decide to move within a wall of a house, inside compost bins, possum/bird boxes, utility pits etc. Swarm collection is usually completed within 30 minutes.
I can remove and rescue bee swarms from your property (a swarm of bees will look a cluster of bees such as the above photograph).
Please don't spray the bees as our farmers need them!
Please contact me if you see a swarm and if possible please take a photograph so I know what equipment I will need to bring.
Please note: There is a small fee to cover time and fuel to collect swarms.
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Established bee nest removal is more complicated compared to catching a swarm, requiring more tools.
A bee nest is where the bees have found a cavity to build their colony. The bees produce wax and build comb to store pollen and honey, as well as for the queen to lay eggs and raise more bees.
Live nest removal requires some minor demolition to gain access to the nest itself. The wax comb is then removed and transferred to frames which are used in conventional managed beehives. The hive is then relocated to various farm sites in Gippsland giving the bees a new lease on life!
In some cases, accessing the nest itself is not practical, however there are other methods to remove the bees alive, but they do take longer to complete.
I will need to discuss your situation with you and assess on a case by case basis preferably before attending site as there will be some locations that I will not be able to reasonably access, please contact me to see if I can help.
A photograph will also assist in determining if the bees are in fact wasps to save you a callout fee.
There are many costs associated with removing bees safely, however please do not call a pest exterminator because they will kill the bees, and if the nest in your walls, will leave an awful mess of decaying bees and comb which will attract other pests and could ultimately cause further damage to your home due to rot etc.
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