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|
|Cambridge / Leamington / Karapiro||Vicki Fleming||020 402 072 62|
|Hamilton, Waikato Region||Dara Dimitrov||021 158 7478|
|Taupiri area, any time.||Allen Godfrey||027 611 2958|
|Hamilton & rural West & rural to Cambridge||Michael Karsten||021 248 7377|
|Greater Hamilton Area||Nick Trebilcock||021 222 0064|
|Hamilton City, Ngaruawahia, Huntly etc||Lindsay Scott||021 025 901 63|
|Cambridge & surrounds, call any time!||Karin Watson||027 501 3663|
|Hamilton & Surrounds||John Hadfield||021 264 2581|
|Hamilton Ngaruawahia||Sam Kapoor||027 9025768|
|Cambridge wide. Anytime||Rudy Scheepens||021 0550170|
|Hamilton area, surrounds (anytime)||Eugene Yew||022 153 1181|
|Tamahere / Cambridge areas||Glen Wilkinson||021 672 267|
|Hamilton or surrounds||David Mans||021 178 9478|
|Hamilton Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato||Bill Smith||021 274 4256|
|Dinsdale all Hamilton wall cutout beevac||Phil Evans||027 697 0374|
|Hamilton & surrounding area||Tim Pearson||021 128 8520|
|Hamilton South/West to Te Awamutu||Neil Johnstone||027 276 9749|
|Raglan and Hamilton areas||Moritz Lehmann||027 3484 590|
|Huntly Ham Ngaruawahia Morrinsville||Bryan Scott||021 1793025|
|Te Awamutu & surrounds||Peter Budd||027 369 2899|
|Hamilton any time||Vicky Gibson||027 254 9119|
|Waipa / Otorohanga / Waitomo||Sue Whaitiri||021 825 645|
|Flagstaff, Rototuna & Hamilton North||Aaron Smith||027 359 2497|
|Cambridge, Matangi, Tamahere & surrounds||George Payne||0274 714 907|
|Hamilton East and South||Peter Gault||027 4993 094|
|Hamilton||Nicholas Sheffield||021 1837 392|
|Te Awamutu area||Malcolm Perano||021 67 88 30|
|Hamilton and surrounding||Yew Lee||021 624 833|
|Hillcrest Tamahere Rukuhia Cambridge||Charles & Marion Fletcher||021 964 000|
|Hamilton / Waikato, Available Anytime||Dan Wood||027 539 2580|