Swarm Homing

Rescue a swarm or wild hive

Swarm rehoming service help bees return to wild across Australia.
Swarms are the lifeblood of Native Australian Honeybees, and are essential to the vitality of bees across the country. They hold strong genetic resilience and are capable of reproducing to increasing the number of pollinators.

The Swarm homing service protects the nests of bees while relocating them from wall cavities, homes and gardens into a protected sanctuary or released into the wild. We rehome the free living bees into wild log hollows and natural beehives where they can continue to live freely and reproduce naturally.

Swarming is a colony's natural means of reproduction. A bee colony reproduces as the
Queen bee leaves with some of her maiden bees. They leave the hive and find somewhere to hang until the scout bees decide on their new home. It can involve many thousands of
bees that fly in a large vibrating cloud and they normally settle into a cluster within 15

Bee Season II - Swarm homing 

Bees or Wasps?

Bees are more full-bodied, hairy and appear to be fuzzy, a characteristic that helps them collect and disseminate pollen.

Wasps are more slim-bodied, have slender legs and their body appears non-hairy and shiny.

Benefits of Swarm Homing

It is important that we protect the swarming process as essential freedom of the natural world:

  • Is the natural reproduction of the Bee
  • Strengthens genetic resilience
  • Enhances pollination area
  • Improve health and vitality
  • Increases ecological biodiversity
  • Enhances food pollination



153E 28S. The Northern Rivers North to the Tweed and South to the Clarence River and West to Lismore.


Bees are usually not defensive at this stage of their life cycle as they are not protecting their nest. Let them rest while we support them in finding a new home.


A swarm may sit for 3 days while their determine their best new nest.
We will do our best to respond quickly and assist you on the same day of the call.


No, just let them be and continue to observe and provide updates as required to any changes.


The Colony Bees Association provides a swarm homing service to assist in relocating and protecting wild free living swarms of bees. By engaging in our services, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

We do not guarantee the success of the swarm rehoming process. The outcome is influenced by various factors beyond our control, including the behavior of the swarm
and environmental conditions.
You maintain responsibility for any damages that occur to the property during the process of rehoming the bees and the Clients acknowledge and understand the inherent
risks associated with beekeeping and swarm rehoming. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions, injuries, or damages that may occur during or after the rehoming process.
By engaging in our swarm rehoming service, you acknowledge that you have read,
understood, and agreed to the terms and conditions outlined in this disclaimer.

Information to Gather

  • Location and access
  • Size of cluster
  • Height
  • Time since sighting
  • Picture

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