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
Hamilton & Surrounds + Bee-Vac for most situations Peter Budd 027 369 2899
Hamilton West & towards Raglan Phil Evans 027 697 0374
Hamilton/ Cambridge Mike Karsten 021 248 7377
Ngaruawahia & North Waikato Katrina & Stuart Quigley 027 547 6257
Hamilton City Sally Peel 027 478 6695
Hamilton Brent Kennedy 027 7027654
Hamilton anytime Graeme Barker 0277 6688 12
Melville Glenveiw Ohaupo TeAwamutu Brad Davis 027 4635 372
Cambridge Bill Rippey 027 606 8833
Hamilton & surrounds Murray Wilby 021 033 2128
East side of River Peter Gray 0274 722 780
Matamata / Piako Sandra Greenwood 021 132 8191
South West Hamilton Gordon MacRae 021 257 0094
Hamilton & surrounds Jimmy Miller 027 858 3555
Hamilton and surrounds Jeff Hoskins 021 024 66233
Ohaupo /Kaipaki/Cambridge Maurie Joyce 027 474 6012
Hamilton West, Morrinsville-Any time Hemi Kingi 021 170 5422
Morrinsville Clayton Dewhurst 021 044 7146
Pirongia, Te Awamutu, Otorohanga Aaron Gilmore 027 6479 255
Hamilton South/West to Te Awamutu Neil Johnstone 027 276 9749
Hamilton & west towards Raglan Cameron Blackbourn 021 766 123
Cambridge Area Bill Shaw 027 412 0004
Hamilton, available anytime Simone Sheffield 07 855 2220
Hamilton & surrounds Bevan Armstrong 027 536 8278
Hamilton/Cambridge/North Waikato Anthony Viner 021 237 2336
Morrinsville/Te Aroha / Matamata Arthur Plumpton 027 243 3002
Morrinsville, Matamata, Te Aroha Sharon Buyar 027 454 3896
Te Kowhai and surrounds Michael & Linda Campbell 021 281 0506
South Waikato + Wasp nest killing James Parlane 027 3809 233
Hamilton West area Maryanne Partridge 027 366 7423
Hamilton, Cambridge, Morrinsville & between Gavin Dunn 027 4924 203
Hamilton Chris Cant 021 970 373
Kawhia Kit Jeffries 021 226 4904
Cambridge & surrounds Karin Watson 027 501 3663
Pirongia & surrounds - After work hours Brad Crawford 022 065 2661
Hamilton & surrounds Nathan Orr 027 320 6174
Hamilton or close by David Mans 021 178 9478
Cambridge / Leamington Terry Storer 022 088 5239
Hamilton, after work hours Michael Kahan 021 272 3080
Hamilton & North Waikato Bill Smith 021 274 4256
24/7 - All Areas Dennis Hutt 027 275 0236
Hamilton & Surrounds John Hadfield 021 264 2581
Hamilton Nigel Appleton 027 472 4004
Waikato, Can remove established colonies Sarah Dodds 021 605 045
Hamilton Nicholas Sheffield 027 836 5663
Hamilton Claire & Gerald Barton 029 855 3263
Te awamutu area Hayden Dobbs 027 500 2956
Waikato / Waipa Brad Senior 021 036 3796
Hamilton/Ngaruawahia Leo Forbes 027 6444 556
Afternoons Malcolm Perano 021 67 88 30
Waikato Timothy Smithson 027 288 6481

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas