Bee Swarm Collection

Beekeepers should be called to capture swarms

Bee swarm in treeDON'T DESTROY SWARMS
Swarming bees are a natural occurrence, and bees are least likely to sting when swarming.

Safety Around Bee Swarms

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.

Bee swarm on gateSwarm removal

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.

Swarms in Walls or Ceilings

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.

Free Bee Swarm Collection in Hamilton /Waikato

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:

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Area & AvailabilityNamePhone
Huntly Hamilton Ngaruawahia Morrinsville Bryan Scott 021 1793025
Carl Saunders 0274 886 713
Flagstaff,Rototuna and Hamilton North Aaron Smith 0273592497
Hamilton Cambridge Morrinsville -between Gavin Dunn 027 4924 203/0274840414
Te Awamutu area Malcolm Perano 021 67 88 30
Hamilton City, Ngaruawahia, Huntly etc Lindsay Scott 0212157820
Hamilton Yew Lee 021624833
Cambridge area Caroline Pfeiffer 027 332 9291
Hamilton City anytime Andrew Gibbs 027 229 1482
.Cambridge and matamata weekends only John Froger 027 2296279
Ngaruawahia, Huntly & surrounds. Nick Dodds 021 2505093
Hamilton and surrounding areas Brent Kennedy 027 7027654
Hamilton & Surrounds John Hadfield 021 264 2581
Gordonton, Rototuna. Jenny O'Donnell 021 584 088
Hamilton Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato Bill Smith 021 274 4256
Hamilton & ruralWest/& rural toCambridge Mike Karsten 021 248 7377
Cambridge wide. Anytime free of charge Rudy Scheepens 07 827 0492
Te Awamutu Theresa Shephard 027 602 6728
Cambridge Area/Te Miro Bill Shaw 027 412 0004
Robert Smith 0273204508
Frankton, Nawton, Rotokauri, Burbush Susan Hawke 022 635 7066
Hamilton, after work hours Michael Kahan 021 272 3080
Te Awamutu & surrounds + Bee-Vac Peter Budd 027 369 2899
Greater Hamilton Area Nick Trebilcock 0212220064
Hamilton Chris Cant 021 970 373
any area in or around Hamilton Garry Shaw 027 492 6974
Hamilton & surrounds Murray Wilby 021 033 2128
Hillcrest Tamahere Rukuhia Cambridge Charles & Marion Fletcher 021 964 000
Glenview, Nawton Gavin Webber 021 022 00962
Hamilton/Cambridge (any time) 0274411880 Anita Pearson 027 4411 880
Hamilton Nicholas Sheffield 027 836 5663 or 855-2220
Hamilton waikato area 40km ratios Anthony Drake 027 777 1317
Hamilton 8470454 or Cambridge 8276199 Ray Oxborrow 022 034 2287
any day, Hamilton East West or nearby Claire & Gerald Barton 029 855 3263/029 200 3020
Taupiri & Whatawhata area Edwin Loynes 027 8959684
South Hamilton area, Ohaupo Andrew Munro 0274 660 445
Hamilton and surrounds Jeff Hoskins 021 024 66233
Cambridge, Matangi, Tamahere & surrounds George Payne 0274 714 907
Hamilton area Tracey-Lee Ritete 021 1366 294
Cambridge & surrounds Karin Watson 027 501 3663
Ngaruawahia, Hamilton, Huntly etc Sarah Dodds 021 605 045
Hamilton & surrounding area - 0211288520 Tim Pearson 021 128 8520
Hamilton, Waikato Region Dara Dimitrov 021 158 7478
Hamilton East and South Peter Gault 027 4993 094
Cambridge and surrounding areas Bill Rippey 027 606 8833
Cambridge/Leamington/Karapiro. Vicki Fleming 020 402 072 62
Hamilton South/West to Te Awamutu Neil Johnstone 027 276 9749
Hamilton waikato area 40km ratios Fe Drake 027 777 0793
Hamilton or surrounds David Mans 021 178 9478

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas