How to deal with a swarm

Since the Varroa mite Emergency Response shift to transition to management on 19 September 2023, the Varroa mite Emergency Order no longer contains restrictions on catching swarms in any area of NSW.

It is advised to consider if a swarm may be infested with Varroa mite, particularly in the areas where larger numbers of infestations have been detected, including areas now within the Management (orange) zone.

If a wild European honey bee swarm is posing a risk to public safety, call 000 immediately.

For more information on catching swarms, and finding someone to help contact the Amateur Beekeepers Association

If you are unsure which zone you are in, you can enter your address in the map to see.

Varroa mite emergency zone map