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Help with bee swarms

Swarming Bees

Swarming is a natural instinct of a colony of bees to leave its hive and establish another colony elsewhere. This normally occurs in the spring and early summer months. When this happens some of the bees will swarm out of the hive; they take to the wing and fly to a new temporary location on a post, tree or fence in your backyard.

Once the swarm of bees has landed and settled on the tree, it is made up of a tight ball of bees. Around that is a one-metre or more wide body of fly bees (also foraging bees flying to and fro, collecting nectar and water).

Precautions should be taken, some possible include:

Swarming bees are generally not inclined to sting provided they are left alone.

Stay inside till the swarm has clustered and most of the bees have stopped flying, watch for foraging bees flying to and from the swarm as they may not see you and get caught in your hair or clothing.

Wear footwear to protect your feet in case some bees have landed on the ground.

What not to do

Do not attempt to move the swarm by hosing it, throwing stones at it, or shooting it with guns. This action will only aggravate the bees and encourage them to sting in defence.

Removal of swarms

Do not attempt to remove a swarm yourself.

If bees found on private property, please contact your local Council. Most have a "Swarm Removal List" or a Community Information Directory which lists community based organisations.
[Beekeepers Swarm List]

OR Phone numbers are available at local Council office.
OR Have it removed by a registered pest control operator.

Beekeepers removing swarms may charge a fee for removal, which is less than typically charged by a pest controller. Bees removed by a beekeeper are typically relocated and not killed if possible, which is better for the bees.

If bees are present on Council land including the road verge and are causing a hazard please contact the Council.


The Beekeepers' Society of South Australia Inc. provides a list of Society Members willing to undertake the collection of swarm bees, as requested by members of the public.

These people are members of the Beekeepers' Society but the Society will not be responsible for any problems which may arise. There will probably be a charge for bee removal due to time taken and travelling but this is to be negotiated.

Swarm Removal List (Updated 28 July 2017)
BSSA member Contact number Area to service
Ken Allen 0438 362 517 Southern suburbs, Adelaide Hills, fleurieu peninsula and Murraylands
Joshua Bottrall 0439 815 806 Enfield area
Glen Duffield '0407 971 951 Adelaide Hills, eastern and southern suburbs
Adrian Egel 0419 448 043 Southern Hills
Peter England 8381 3664
0407 971 427
Onkaparinga and Marion council areas
Roy Frisby-Smith 8339 5041
0417 834 531
Adelaide Hills, eastern and western suburbs
Jack Grieve 0431 147 334 Prospect and surrounding areas
Joel Hayes 0403 793 013 Salisbury area
Andrew Johnson 0412 467 025 Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula,, eastern and southern suburbs
Adept at removing bees from difficult locations including chimneys, roof spaces, house/shed walls, and possum/bird boxes.
Susan Lonie 0417 811 067 Southern suburbs
Phil Marshall 0416 343 204 Northeastern suburbs
Karen Nunes-Vaz 0421 766 945 Eastern and southeastern suburbs
Jim Pugh  0458 224 941
Gawler and Evanston area (If no answer contact Jamie 0419 220 921 or Tracey 0438 224 472)
Gordon Telford 0401 669 652 Salisbury, Playford, Port Adelaide-
John Wyk 8362 5729 Metropolitan area


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