Visitors home, bee-lieve it or not

October 12, 2017

Bees keep returning to a backyard at Mooroopna.

Darryl Waters was questioning his eyesight when he could not see a tree in his backyard.

But when he got in for a closer look, he could not bee-lieve what he was seeing.

A swarm of bees had taken over the tree in his Mooroopna backyard to the point where it was difficult to see where the swarm ended and the tree began.

A beekeeper was called to deal with the problem, but even after several boxes full of bees were removed, more turned up.

‘‘It doesn’t really worry me, the beekeeper says there must be a nest somewhere,’’ Mr Waters said.

He has not been stung by any of the hundreds of bees that have decided to call his backyard home, and he described them as ‘‘peaceful’’.

Neighbour Trevor Peters also had problems with the bees on his side of the fence and had called the beekeeper twice in the last fortnight to collect the bees.

‘‘They just decided to call this place home,’’ Mr Peters said.

‘‘We must be keeping the beekeeper in bees.’’

Wunghnu-based beekeeper Tim Ford said August to November was typically a busy time for bees.

‘‘There have been a lot of bees in Mooroopna, Shepparton and Tatura,’’ Mr Ford said.

‘‘I can get five or six callouts a day.’’

He does not have an exact number of bees he has removed from the Mooroopna homes, but he said it would easily be in the thousands.

‘‘In a typical swarm you can have 10, 20 to 30000 bees,’’ he said.

‘‘It keeps you busy.’’

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