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:


Area & AvailabilityNamePhone
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

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas