Yesterday I discovered a swarm located on a Kangaroo Apple in my backyard. I quickly discovered that it would be easier and cheaper to become a beekeeper than have somoeone remove them. I took this pic of them and sent it to Max from the Melbourne Victorian Apiarists Assn and he said that they cant be all that bad if I could get such a pic of them and encouraged me think about taking up the hobby rather than get rid of them.
I contacted Redpaths who are just up the road and found out that it wouldnt cost that much to get all the gear needed to start off. they advised me to put them in a strong bos which I have decieded to do in a few minutes time after it gets dark.
I have trimmed a few branches off to make it easier to move them and that resulted in a few scary moments as some fell from the main colony and made an impressive noise! I have my sturdy box with a small hole at the base 1 inch square and am about to lock the dogs uo, grab a torch, put on some gloves and a pair of pants and do the deed by cutting the remaining branch and hopefully things will go smoothly. I will put them in the shed for a day or so while I pick up the ready to assemble box or boxex. How I transfer fron the cardboard box to the wooden hive is still a mystery but all will be revealed tomorrrow hopefully!
Here is a link to a pic of them I took yesterday.http://tinypic.com/e9hxkn.jpg
here goes! better put some shoes on too!