Wasps and bees

Bees and wasps are most active during spring and summer.

Honeybees form swarms as part of the establishment of new hives and colonies. Swarms in open areas can easily be caught and hived by people who are experienced at handling bees.

Wasp nests can be found mainly in dark, protective areas including under the house, amongst ivy, underground and in the walls of weatherboard houses.

Some tips for discouraging wasps nesting in your house and yard:

  • Cover swimming pools, bird baths and ponds
  • Cover windows and doors with fly screens
  • Remove all garden clippings, compost, pet food and damaged/rotten fruit from your garden.
  • Water the garden at night time when wasps are least active.

To treat European wasps and bees found flying inside you house, use a normal insect spray but check the label to make sure it is suitable for these two pests.
The removal of swarms, hives and nests should always be carried out by a professional.

If the nest or hive is located on your land, you are responsible for its removal or treatment.
If the nest or hive is on Council land, please contact Council on 9205 5555.  

Recreational bee keeping

Recreational bee keeping is permitted in Yarra however hives and their positioning and maintenance must be compliant with the Apiary Code of Practice May 2011 and the City of Yarra Planning Scheme.   
The private ownership of recreational hives is restricted to two hives only. 
Residents requiring more than two bee hives must be registered as an ‘apiarist’ with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Further information
Compliance Branch
9205 5166

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