Swarm collection

A swarm resting in a Callistemon
A swarm resting in a Callistemon

Bees swarm when they feel overcrowded. It is a natural phenomenon and how they establish new colonies.

Call or text the Honeysmith on 0404 621 289 for swarm collection services.

In Canberra, there are plenty of hobby beekeepers and established wild bee colonies. Each year in spring and summer these colonies will at some point want to swarm. Beekeepers use various techniques to reduce or better still stop this from occurring, while wild colonies will swarm when the mood suits them.

Bee swarm
Bee swarm

Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees. In the prime (first) swarm, about 60% of the worker bees leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees.

A swarm in full flight can be quite a daunting site and a lot of people feel anxious at the sight of masses of bees flying around. This is understandable. A swarm will usually settle not far from their original location while they determine a new place to establish themselves, that could be in a tree hollow, a garage roof or a compost bin.

Catching a swarm
Catching a swarm

The Honeysmith provides swarm collection and removal services around Canberra. If you find a swarm or have a bee colony you would like removed contact the Honeysmith. Swarm collection services are free.

Bee removal from garage ceiling.
Bee removal from garage ceiling.
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