Humane Bee Removal

Here at Mili Bees we LOVE bees, however, we understand that not everyone shares the same enthusiasm as us when a swarm of bees turns up to make a new home at their place.

 

As part of our commitment to caring for local bee populations, we offer some basic beekeeping services with the hopes of saving some of these unwanted guests - better to call us for help than reach for the bug spray!

 

Every spring, bees undergo an amazing phenomenon known as swarming.  It’s the bee’s way of multiplying their hive numbers naturally.  The worker bees will sense the flow of fresh spring nectar coming in, they will start to feel overcrowded and when they do, they will start to raise a new queen.

 

 

A swarm of bees hangs from a branch nestled within the leaves of a tree

The old queen knows this and will round up approximately half the work force of the existing hive and leave.  To see this in person is actually very rare, it doesn’t last very long but it can be described as a massive and loud cloud of bees just flying everywhere.

The cloud of bees will eventually settle somewhere, not far from the original hive, usually on a branch or wall.  This is what most people see, they will come home from work and there will be a football sized mound of bees just hanging out on the side gate, in a tree or even on their yellow bin!

A swarm of bees start building a hive on a yellow wheely bin

Between a couple hours to a couple of days, the swarm will find somewhere new to live and go build a new hive - the problem is, when this happens in suburbia, instead of a nice tree hollow that they would find in the bush, they will usually build a new hive in your walls, your eaves or your roof.

If you have bees turn up this Spring, please don’t spray them, please don’t go near them and please don’t ignore them to become someone else’s problem.  Drop us a line via Instagram or Email and will we come out and see what we can do.  If they are in a nice clump in an easy to reach spot, we will take them away for a minimal fee.  We can put them in a managed hive and look after them.

If they've built a hive in your walls, you have bigger problems, but not impossible problems.  Please don’t kill them.  You will leave honey and honey comb and beeswax and all sorts of other things in your wall, which in turn will attract other bugs and creepy crawlies and even worse, more bees the year after - bees love to live where other bees have lived before. While removing the bees may be more involved and require some repair it will be long term. Mili Bees assesses how we can assist in these on a case-by-case basis.

The Western Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, is not native to Australia.  It was introduced and has become naturalized.  The problem with wild hives, while they are great to have in the environment and lovely to see, is that they can harbor honey bee pests and diseases such as Small Hive Beetle and American Foul Brood.  American Foul Brood (AFB) is a terminal disease, it can take years for the bees to succumb.  In this time, the sick hive is spreading the spores to other local hives as the weaker, sicker hive gets robbed out for its honey, infecting those healthy hives and the cycle goes on.  Whilst we do not advocate for the removal of wild hives, it is better to have a wild swarm captured and placed in a managed hive, than to let them create a new hive somewhere where they will be killed by ignorant people or die a slow death due to disease.

 

 

So please, this spring, if you see a swarm; or have any other bee related problems, drop us a line and let's try to save a few of these precious little girls together.