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Hive Hosting Program

Our bee keeping services help increase local biodiversity and local food security

Did you know that 1 in 3 mouthfuls of food are dependent on bee pollination? Without bees we're in big trouble and the Varroamite parasite poses a huge threat. Australia is the only country that has kept the parasite at bay (as of June 2022 - eradication effort in NSW currently underway) and our urban hives maintained by expert beekeepers play a critical role in early detection, since it is most likely to enter through the docks. How can you help?

 

Host or purchase a healthy honeybee colony and hive and enjoy the benefits of:

  • Raw unheated honey straight from the hive

  • Contributing to the pollination of gardens within an 4 km radius of your hive

  • Maintaining a viable disease-free pollinator population

  • Taking positive environmental action

  • Postive pollinator stewardship

  • Local food production
     

The Backyard Honey beekeepers make this process easy. They provide the necessary hive and apiary skills to safely install and maintain a honeybee hive in your own backyard. 
 

The Apiary Code of Practice standards for the general placement and management of hives in Victoria can be accessed here. Please contact the Backyard Honey beekeeper for more information and general apiary enquiry.

 

Bee Swarm Relocation

Safe, efficient, bee swarm removal

Backyard Honey's expert beekeepers provide safe, efficient bee swarm removal services across Bayside, Stonnington, Boroondara, Port Phillip & Melbourne areas. Our swarm removal service involves relocating 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

Choose Safe Bee Nest Relocation 

Backyard Honey provide specialist bee nest advice and relocation services. In many cases bee nests can be safely relocated into a hive and placed in a suitable location.

Permanent relocation of bee nests is preferable to poisoning bee nests. Poisoning is not recommended.

 

Poisoning is only effective for the life of the poison or until other bees, attracted by the remaining wax and honey, decide to move in to the space. Bees robbing honey from a recently poisoned nest can also unnecessarily spread the poison to other well managed local beehives 

 

What is a bee nest?

 

​A bee nest is a colony of bees that have established themselves in a wall cavity, a possum box, a compost bin or hollow tree 

 

Bee nests should not be ignored. 

 

An established bee nest is very unlikely to move on of it’s own accord. Unmanaged nests will spread disease and do give rise to swarms.

 

Bees in a hollow tree indicates about a 20 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.

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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.

Re-queening:

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.