Council is currently receiving phone calls from concerned residents about bee hives and swarms.
At this time of year bees are quite active and will be until around the end of the December/early January.
Swarms are a natural instinct of a colony and one of the main reasons that bees swarm is overcrowding of the hive due to the queen laying more eggs. This happens when the weather is warmer and there is an increase in flowers and pollen.
It is best to leave the bees undisturbed as bees are not inclined to sting unless they are provoked.
Council will remove bees that are located on local government land if they are a nuisance to the general public.
If you have a swam/hive on your property that is problematic, you should contact a beekeeper from the Beekeepers' Society of SA.
The following information is provided from the Beekeepers' Society of SA website.
What to do
- Don’t worry, bees in a swarm are NOT aggressive or inclined to sting unless provoked.
- 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
- Attempt to move the swarm by hosing it, throwing stones at it, or shooting it with guns.
- Spray it with insecticide. This can make the bees sick or at the very worst kill them.
- Assume they are wasps; bees and wasps can look similar.
- Try to remove a swarm yourself.