If you find a swarm of bees on your property, you should call an apiarist. Contact Bee Keepers Society of SA for a list of ‘Swarm Removalists’ or a pest controller. Do not forget that most bees can sting, so it is best to stay away from them.
During spring and the early months of summer, a colony of bees may leave its hive and establish another colony elsewhere. This is a natural instinct of the bees during which some of the bees from the existing colony will swarm out to find a new home. When the bees have found a suitable site, they will begin building a new hive.
Swarming bees are generally not inclined to sting providing they are left alone. It is advisable to vacate the area (if possible) until the swarm has settled. Watch for foraging bees flying to and from the area and be sure to wear protective footwear to protect your feet from bees that have landed on the ground.
Do not attempt to remove a swarm by throwing rocks at it, dousing it with a hose or discharging a firearm. These actions are likely to aggravate the bees and encourage them to defend their hive. Often bees that clump together on a tree or fence may take off in a couple of days. If they have found a home in a tree hollow or wall cavity, then assistance will be required to remove them.
To report a swarm that has settled in a street tree, a Council-owned building or on a Council Reserve, please contact the City of Unley on 8372 5111. An officer will take your report of the whereabouts of the bees.
All possums in South Australia are protected animals. In accordance with the provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, it is an offence to handle or interfere with any native animal without a permit. This offence carries a minimum $2,500 fine or an imprisonment term of six months.
If you require a permit, you may make application to your local ranger from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) by:
It is important to keep in mind that capturing possums can cause harm and distress to the animal if the trap is not managed properly. You need to consider how much time the possum will spend in the trap, protection of the possum from any predators while trapped and also protection of the possum from environmental effects such as dehydration.
The possum must be released on the same property within 50m of the site of capture. You should release the possum after dusk and ensure that all reasonable steps to protect the possum from injury or predation by other animals are taken.
Trapping and releasing possums without possum-proofing your building will not solve the problem.
Further information on possums is available from the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources website.
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