Western Australian Apiarists' Society

Bee swarms are a relatively common occurrence in September, October and November in Perth. When bees swarm they are most unlikely to sting, so despite their appearance, people should not fear them, just treat them with respect. When a cluster of bees is seen hanging on a tree branch or similar, they are NOT thinking of setting up home there! They are in a transition waiting for the scout bees to find new accommodation. That might only take a couple of hours or at most a few days, but almost invariably they will move on, of their own accord. That doesn't always suit us humans and there are many beekeepers who will gladly come to remove the cluster of bees. 

Below is a list of swarm collectors and many Councils also have names of interested local beekeepers. Occasionally bees will occupy an old cupboard or box on a back verandah or in a shed, and establish themselves. 

There are many beekeepers who will come to remove established colonies like this too. Established hives inside tree trunks and inside double-brick wall cavities are almost impossible to remove, however, without destroying the tree or the wall.  In these cases, the bees may need to be destroyed.

Members usually charge a fee for their work but it is less than charged by a pest exterminator. Discuss this with our member when contact is made. WAAS members are usually not insured nor are they inclined to tackle removal jobs where access to the swarm / hive involves structural change to parts of equipment or buildings.

Swarm Collectors


 NAME CONTACT  AREA 
Peter Ashworth 9496 1218 Metro East
Peter Bali 0419 907 969 Hills Area
Ian Beeson

0419 049 013 / 9294 1654

Midland / Swan View

Allistar Benson, Benson Boys Honey

0409 101 784 South of River
Daniel Bremer 0411 808 383 Metro South
(a bee-friendly licensed pest control man) 
Ross Burton 9203 7948 Metro North
Gordon Carter  0429 784 831  Chittering & Surrounds
Peter Cekanauskas 0458 718 502 Morowa and surrounds
(a bee-friendly licensed pest control man)
David Curry 0417 173 551 Hills area
Geoff Defrenne 0419 915 688 

Councils: Belmont / Canning / Claremont / Melville / Nedlands / Perth / South Perth / Victoria Park / Vincent

Julie Dinsdale 0417 540 989Perth Hills / Mundaring / Midland areas
Dan Dowsett

0411 040 051 / 9258 8175

Metro area
Keith Ferguson0419 040 297Kalamunda and surrounds
Beman Forooghi 0401 666 850 Bentley
Brett Greedy & Tamara Greedy 0488 128 220
0488 015 595
Metro Area
Soren Houlberg

0432 265 922 / 9439 6431

Metro South / Rockingham / Kwinana

Myles Kelly 0417 927 202 Lynwood / Ferndale / Willetton / Canning Vale / Leeming /
Shelley / Huntingdale
Scott Martin 0413 737 365 Metro South
Jamie Moir 0422 915 092 North Perth and surrounds
Eddie Naude 0400 618 825 Baldavis and surrounds
Mike Newcombe 0419 196 211 Perth Metro

Ron Peebles or 

Peter Aitken

9527 7602

Rockingham / Kwinana / Mandurah

Josh Reinsma 0413 029 971 Metro West
John Reinsma 0419 112 042 Narrogin
Brett Rabey 0418 903 764 Morley
Gary Templeman  9309 1655 Joondalup / Wannerroo
Jim Watson0419 833 470 Kalgoorlie 
Bert Valenti 0408 096 388

Swan Valley and surrounding areas



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