Leave those swarms alone
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.