Wasps and bees
If you discover problem bees and wasps on Shire property, please report the issue.
The Shire does not provide bee or wasp removal services on private property.
To address problem wasps on your property we suggest you look in the advertising section of the local newspaper or search online for local specialists. For problem bee hives or swarms, contact your local apiarist or bee keeper as they can attempt to remove bee hives and swarms without destroying the bees.
Read on for more information on European Wasps and Honey Bees - including bee hives and bee swarms.
European wasps are easily recognised. They are about the same size as bees but have yellow bands with black v-shaped markings down their backs. They are attracted to food and drinks and have become a pest at outdoor events.
These wasps can be especially dangerous with regard to cans of drink, as they can crawl inside unseen and then sting the throat when a drink is taken from the can. The resultant swelling in the throat can cause choking. They also have the ability to sting repeatedly and can trigger allergic reactions.
European wasps generally make their nests in sheltered areas around buildings, rocks, trees or shrubs. The nests look like grey cardboard and can be the size of a football. You can often locate them by the stream of wasps flying to and from the nest.
The best way to control European wasps is to destroy the nest. The safest way to do this is to contact a pest control expert to treat the nest, as the wasps can become extremely aggressive if the nest is attacked.
The Shire does not provide a wasp removal service on private property. Look in the advertising section of the local newspaper or online to find a pest control expert in your area. Visit www.museumvictoria.com.au/wasps/pests.asp for more information about European Wasps.
A bee hive is an enclosed structure where bees live. Being enclosed allows the bees and their honeycomb to be protected from predators. Hives can form in tree hollows, roof eaves and wall cavities. If you find a bee hive on your property, you can organise for its safe removal by contacting a local apiarist or bee keeper rather than calling an exterminator. If the hive is too established or not accessible for the removal of bees, you may need to contact a licensed pest controller to destroy the hive.
Bee swarms occur in Spring and early Summer when a group of bees split from a hive in search of a new home. These bees form a large slowly drifting swarm, occasionally landing to form clusters on solid objects such as fence posts, tree branches, benches, and letterboxes.
Bee swarms are generally not aggressive unless provoked, and will usually move on within a few days.
If you see a swarm of honey bees settling on your property:
- Don’t interfere with the swarm – this can aggravate the bees and makes it more difficult for removal.
- Keep children and animals well away from the swarm.
- Wear footwear to protect your feet in case bees have settled on the ground.
- Contact a local bee keeper or apiarist if you need the swarm relocated. Some beekeepers will do this for free.
The Shire does not provide a bee removal service on private property.