Leave those swarms alone

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

A YANCHEP bee­keeper is urg­ing peo­ple to call pro­fes­sion­als to re­move swarms af­ter a queen bee was taken away in a bin, leav­ing the rest of her swarm to die.

Sticky Prick Bee Haven api­arist Roy Mur­phy posted a Face­book video of bees in his truck cab af­ter be­ing called to deal with a swarm in But­ler on Tues­day.

Mr Mur­phy said the bees had swarmed on to the rub­bish bin and the res­i­dent tried to let the bin man get rid of them, in vain.

“He took the queen away and left a lot of bees be­hind,” he said in the video.

“What I’ve got now is a lot of bees that are just pretty much dis­turbed that have at­tached onto me.

“To clear them off, I’ve just put them all in my truck.

“I’m go­ing to take them for a drive; Uber for the bees.

“What I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to have to do is drive down the road away from this area and just let the bees out. These bees won’t sur­vive; they’re go­ing to die be­cause they have got no queen bee.

“They’ve got no home; they’re lost. Un­for­tu­nately I’ll let these bees out and even­tu­ally they will starve.” Mr Mur­phy told the

Week­ender spring meant bees were out look­ing for places to build their homes

“Now that things are start­ing to warm up, the bees are start­ing to swarm a lot more,” he said.

“It’s a pretty big prob­lem that a lot of peo­ple are try­ing to fix them­selves.

“If you tam­per with them, you could kill the queen.

“By tak­ing the queen away, there’s no di­rec­tion and bees are lost.

“They need a queen to start up a new home.

“Some­times it’s best to leave it to the pro­fes­sion­als; get some­one like my­self, who can take them away hu­manely.”

Mr Mur­phy said he re­lo­cated bees to the Wanerie bee haven and said it was im­por­tant to pro­tect bees.

“A lot of the food that we eat is pol­li­nated by bees,” he said.

Yanchep api­arist Roy Mur­phy has sounded a warn­ing.

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