European Bees and Wasps

Call out to all bee keepers and enthusiasts!

If you a registered apiarist, live in our municipality and would like to be advised of where reported hives and swarms are that need to be relocated please email parks@frankston.vic.gov.au for further information.

Please include your name, address, address of where bees would be located to,  phone number, email, beekeepers registered number and expiry date.

Non registered enthusiasts are also encouraged to express their interest.

Bees and wasps are often confused due to their similarities; however their behaviour is strikingly different. 

European Bees

European honey bees, which are yellow and brown in colour, are the most common bees found in Australia and are up to 6mm in length.

European Bees are generally plumper and very hairy compared with wasps. They are mild mannered and interested in flowers, not your lunch or garbage

Bees are important pollinators

A natural part of the reproductive life cycle of the honey bee is to swarm. This is when the queen and a percentage of an existing hive leave in order to locate to a new nesting site. The swarm may be on the move for several days in search of a permanent place to nest. They may settle for a few hours during this time in one location before moving on again. If a swarm does settle on your property ensure you keep family and pets away from it and do not disturb the swarm in any way.

Management

Private property

You should not attempt to remove a bee hive or swarm yourself (by hosing for example) as this may aggravate the bees and they may defend themselves.  A swarm may in time move on to another location.

If you locate a honey bee nest on your property you can contact a local bee keeper to have the nest and bees taken away.

Council officers do not remove bees on private property however if you have concerns with a hive on a neighbouring property you can report it by calling customer service on 1300 322 322 or report an Issue on the website and our Planning enforcement officers will respond.

Council land

Call customer service on 1300 322 322 and advise of the location of the nest if it is in a highly used area or “report an Issue” on the website. Include your contact details on the request as Council officers may need to contact you for further information

Bee keeping

For household’s wanting to keep bees on their properties, refer to the Apiary Code of Practice. These hives will also have to be registered with Agriculture Victoria. More information can be found here.

European Wasps

European Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and appear smoothed-skinned and shiny. They can be aggressive, and interested in food and garbage

European Wasps have the ability to sting repeatedly and possibly trigger an allergic reaction.

European Wasps can be dangerous and damaging to the environment. Householders should engage a pest control operator to eradicate the nest.

Management

Private property

You should not disturb a wasp nest. Council recommend you refer to your local business directory and contact a qualified pest removalist to have the nest exterminated.

If the wasps nest is located on your neighbour’s property you should talk with your neighbour about having the nest removed.

Council officers do not remove wasps on private property

Council land

Call customer service on 1300 322 322 and advise of the location of the nest or “report an Issue” on the website. Include your contact details on the request as Council officers may need to contact you for further information

Precautions

You can reduce the population of European wasps around your home and reduce the risk of stings in a number of ways.

  • Do not leave food, drink or pet food outside
  • Pick up any fallen fruit
  • Ensure outdoor rubbish bins have tight-fitting lids
  • Cover compost bins
  • Cover food during a barbecue or picnic 
  • Do not drink straight from a can or bottle when outside, as it could contain a Wasp - drink from a straw
  • If you see a European wasp, leave it alone - it will only attack if provoked

Contact Us

Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3190
P. 1300 322 322
E. info@frankston.vic.gov.au

Council's 1300 322 322 is also the afterhours number to report emergency matters including dog attacks or threating animals

 

 

 

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