Bee Swarm Relocation

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Backyard Honey beekeepers work hard to relocate bee swarms to more suitable locations.

The most important advice we can provide you is that no beehive or swarm is looking to attack you. Bees only become aggressive when provoked. The best course of action is to leave them alone until the swarm is relocated.

For further assistance we advise you to contact us immediately. 

What is a bee swarm?

A bee swarm occurs when a queen and around half her bees (approximately 20,000 bees) decide to leave their current hive to set up a new hive. When the bees leave the hive, they only fly a short distance, normally less than 1km. Swarming bees stop to rest when the Queen Bee stops. When this happens, the bees form a protective ball around their Queen, normally about the size of a football. The swarming bees (the swarm) often settle on a tree branch 1 or 2 metres above the ground. The bees wait there until a few scout bees find a suitable long-term nesting site. Bee swarms usually occur in Spring and Summer.

What is a bee nest?

A bee nest is a colony of bees that has established themselves somewhere other than in an apiarist’s hive box. Common places to find a bee nests are in wall cavities, possum boxes, compost bins and hollow trees.

These nests should not be ignored. Unmanaged nests will spread disease and do give rise to swarms.

An established bee nest is very unlikely to move on of it’s own accord.

Backyard Honey apiarists provide specialist bee nest relocation advice and services. In many cases Backyard Honey apiarists can safely relocate bee nests into a hive and place them in a suitable location.

Contact us to enquire about our bee nest relocation services.

Other Bee Management services

We can do it all.

Honey Extraction:

Already own a hive but don’t have to time or experience to extract the honey yourself? Backyard Honey provides a Honey Extraction and Bottling Service.

For more information or general queries about Backyard Honey Extraction and Bottling Service contact us.

Hive Maintenance:

Backyard Honey apiary experts provide Bee-Hive Maintenance and Apiary Advice. We understand not everyone who owns a hive has the time or experience to properly maintain it. For more information or general queries about Backyard Honey Hive Maintenance contact us.


Introducing a new Queen bee to a colony can increase productivity, lessen the number of swarms, and lead to gentler easier to handle bees. Swapping Queen bees can be a very difficult task. All colonies are different and will respond differently to the process. For more information or general queries about Backyard Honey Re-queening Services contact us.

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