Bees play a vital part in the pollinating of our veggie patches as well as our native plants and gardens. Approximately 80% of the food we eat relies on pollination in the process of growing and farming that food.
On occasions especially during spring, when the weather warms up, there will be an increase in the movement of bees and bees may swarm into an undesired location requiring relocation.
During the warmer weather, bees may form a colony outside of the hive (swarming). This is their way of trying to get cool or establishing a colony and can for some people be quite concerning due to their size and the amount of bees present. Generally during this state, the bee colony is not aggressive as they are trying to protect the queen.
As Council does not provide a service to relocate bees from private property, we recommend that you do not attempt to remove a bee colony yourself as this is a specialised task. Instead, contact one of the many organisations and individuals that are pleased to help you, and help the bees find a more suitable place to make their home. The South Australia’s Beekeepers Society provides a list of people and contact phone numbers who can remove and relocate bees for a fee: http://www.bees.org.au/swarms.htm#swarmlist or you can contact Adelaide Bee Sanctuary on 0412 967 991 or on their website: www.adelaidebeesanctuary.com.au
Council will relocate bees from council land if it has been identified that the bees are causing a risk to public health and safety. Please call our Customer Contact Team on 8408 1111 to report a bee swarm that is causing a nuisance or is a public health and safety risk in your area and they will arrange for its relocation as soon as possible.
Remember that we need bees for our environment and food production and swarm relocation rather than destruction (where possible is the choice that is good for all of us.