Bee Swarm Relocation

Safe, efficient, bee swarm removal

Backyard Honey's expert beekeepers provide safe, efficient bee swarm removal services and 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. It is important to stay calm and contact us.

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. Phone  0451 411 621

What is a bee swarm?

A bee swarm occurs when a queen and half the colony (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.

Bee Nest Removal

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.

Relocation is preferable to poisoning bees because: 
Poisoning bees is a temporary solution because the poison eventually wears off and other bees will bee attracted by the honey and move in.  Robbing of a recently poisoned hive can kill other managed hives in the area.  


Bees in a hollow tree indicates about a 50 litre cavity inside the tree. The tree is likely to be structurally unsound / unsafe. It is not possible to remove bees from a hollow tree without cutting open the hollow.

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 the 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. For more information or general queries about Backyard Honey Re-queening Services contact us.

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