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Bees & wasps

Beehives and swarms

A beehive is an enclosed structure where bees live. Being enclosed allows the bees and their honeycomb to be protected from predators. Hive locations can include but are not limited to, trees, irrigation boxes, roof eaves and wall voids.

A bee swarm is a group of bees that are in-between homes. They usually form a vertical football-shaped cluster, while the scout bees fly out to find a new home. If you have a swarm on your property, they will usually leave within a couple of days. Swarms are usually not aggressive unless provoked. Swarm locations can be found on but not limited to, tree branches, roof eaves and hanging from fencing.

Removing bees or wasps on private property

It is the responsibility of property owners to remove bee and wasps from their property. If you notice a beehive, wasp nest or a swarm that has remained on your property for several days, you should contact a beekeeper (apiarist) or pest controller to remove the bees or wasps.

If you notice bees or wasps on someone else's property, you should let them know. If they refuse to have them removed, you can contact Council:

If you believe bees or wasps on someone's private property is a risk to the public, you should contact Council. We will investigate the matter on your behalf.

Removing bees or wasps on Council property

If you notice bees or wasps on Council property, including nature strips, please contact Council.

Removing bees or wasps from light poles

If you notice a beehive or wasp nest on a light pole, you must contact the energy supplier:

Please provide the relevant company with:

  • the address of the pole
  • what the issue is
  • your name and phone number

Removing bees from Telstra pits

If you notice a beehive or wasp nest on a Telstra pit, you must report it to Telstra.

Becoming a beekeeper

If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper (apiarist), you must register with Agriculture Victoria.

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