For beekeepers like Nicky Moss, there are few moments that bring her the joy she feels when she comes to the rescue of a swarm that's taken up residence on someone's outdoor setting or in their garden shed.
Despite the mistaken ideas which tend to accompany the word "swarm", it is actually the time when bees are at their most vulnerable.
Not only do they not sting when they are swarming, they behave almost docilely towards people.
"They're so excited in that moment. When you catch a swarm and they're marching in, [it] is the most precious moment anyone can ever experience," Ms Moss said.
Swarms are the bees that have had to leave their hive because of overcrowding and are in search of a new home.
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Feeling homeless and "sensitive", in Ms Moss's own words, the bees are grateful to be scooped up from whatever part of your house or garden they've foolhardily taken refuge.
"At that stage, they're very sensitive... They will not harm anyone. People get scared of them... [but] they don't sting because they feel vulnerable.... and like they have no home," Ms Moss said.
"Then [when the] beekeeper comes and puts them in a box [it's like saying to the swarm] I am here and I will take care of you now."
While Ms Moss has only been beekeeping for around four years, it was a case of love at first sight after enrolling in a short course.
"That connection, I felt like it came naturally to me. There was something about it that drew me to the bees," she said. "I just love them."
With the arrival of spring and swarm season, beekeepers like Ms Moss are urging people not to call pest controllers to deal with swarms but to contact someone like herself to save the precious little pollinators.
But with the number of calls Ms Moss has been receiving in recent days is anything to go by, it seems pretty clear that most people don't want to see bees harmed.
Removing bee nests isn't as easy a job as removing swarms, she added, especially when the former is in a precarious location like a chimney, but beekeepers will always do what they can.
"We need bees in our community. We need more bees [because] we're running on a shortage of bees, so the more we can save, [the better it is] for for the environment... and for our survival," she said.
"Because without bees, there's no food.
"When you look at the food on your table you have to thank three people; farmers, truck drivers and beekeepers."
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