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|
|Hamilton East and South||Peter Gault||027 4993 094|
|Te Awamutu & surrounds||Peter Budd||027 369 2899|
|5km around Hamilton, wall cutout, beevac||Phil Evans||027 697 0374|
|Cambridge wide. Anytime free of charge||Rudy Scheepens||021 0550170|
|Hamilton or surrounds||David Mans||021 178 9478|
|Te Awamutu area||Malcolm Perano||021 67 88 30|
|Waipa/Otorohanga/Waitomo||Sue Whaitiri||021 825 645|