Encountering a bee swarm for the first time can be alarming. Bees tend to swarm near their hives or honeycombs, so if a swarm is visible then a nest is probably nearby. Swarms are usually not aggressive unless provoked, so it is important to keep a good distance from the swarm. If the bees feel threatened, they will use their stingers and release a pheromone to alert the other bees of the threat resulting in a large bee attack.
Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies. A swarm of bees may frighten people, however swarming bees are usually not aggressive. Unless collected by a beekeeper swarm clusters will move on and find a suitable nesting location in a day or two.
Call a local beekeeping club and a grateful beekeeper will likely collect bees for free to establish a new hive. We have list of club members below who will collect swarms for free.
It is almost impossible to remove a swarm from walls or ceilings, you will probablty have to call an exterminator to remove a swarm from inside a wall or ceiling cavity.
However - some of our catchers listed below may be able to help.
We have club member beekeepers all over the Waikato who will collect swarms for free.
If you find a swarm in Hamilton or the Waikato area please contact one of the following:
|Area & Availability||Name||Phone|
|Flagstaff, Rototuna, Te Rapa & Surrounds||Garry Shaw||027 492 6974|
|Cambridge & surrounds, call any time!||Karin Watson||027 501 3663|
|Te Awamutu area||Malcolm Perano||021 67 88 30|
|Hamilton Waikato Region||Dara Dimitrov||021 158 7478|
|Huntly Taupiri Morrinsville Hamilton||Bryan Scott||021 179 3025|
|Cambridge / Leamington / Karapiro||Vicki Fleming||020 402 072 62|
|Cambridge, Matangi, Tamahere & surrounds||George Payne||0274 714 907|
|Hamilton Area. Anytime. Quick response||Shelley Wood||027 540 5286|
|Hamilton Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato||Bill Smith||021 274 4256|
|Hamilton, Whatawhata, Ngahinapouri, Te A||Teresa Gibbison||022 166 4689|
|Hillcrest Tamahere Rukuhia Cambridge||Charles & Marion Fletcher||021 964 000|
|HAMILTON (call any time!)||Nicholas Sheffield||027 836 5663|
|Silverdale,Hillcrest,H East area anytime||Gayle Young||021 242 3727|
|Hamilton or surrounds||David Mans||021 178 9478|
|Te Kowhai and surrounds||Michael Campbell||021 281 0506|
|Te Awamutu||Theresa Shephard||027 602 6728|
|Ham, West/South to Te A. Have a Bee Vac||Neil Johnstone||027 276 9749|
|Hamilton,Cambridge,Morrinsvile&Surrounds||David Blair||027 459 8645|
|Hamilton North||Bill Miles||027 277 8200|
|Waikato / Waipa, surrounds||Brad Senior||021 2069570|
|Flagstaff, Rototuna & Hamilton North||Aaron Smith||027 359 2497|
|Hamilton, anytime||Vicky Gibson||027 254 9119|
|Chartwell, Rototuna, Huntington, Pukete||Graham Hardaker||027 358 8412|
|Hamilton/Cambridge/North Waikato||Anthony Viner||021 237 2336|
|Hamilton area, Raglan, Pirongia||Moritz Lehmann||027 3484 590|
|Leamington / Cambridge wide||Rudy Scheepens||021 0550160|
|Taupiri, Nga, Huntly, Hamilton anytime||Wayne & Julie Grinter||021 038 1725|
|Hamilton & Waikato Quick Collection||Dan Wood||027 539 2580|
|Hamilton, available anytime||Simone Sheffield||021 183 7392|
|Ngaruawahia||Brian Martin||029 7779395|
|All Hamilton - wall cutouts - beevac||Phil Evans||027 697 0374|
|Hamilton area, surrounds (anytime)||Eugene Yew||022 153 1181|
|Hamilton, after work hours||Michael Kahan||021 272 3080|
|Hamilton and surrounding||Yew Lee||021 624 833|