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 Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato Bill Smith 021 274 4256
Hamilton, after work hours Michael Kahan 021 272 3080
Hamilton East and South Peter Gault 027 4993 094
Huntly Hamilton Ngaruawahia Morrinsville Bryan Scott 021 1793025
Hamilton & ruralWest/& rural toCambridge Michael Karsten 021 248 7377
Cambridge area Caroline Pfeiffer 027 332 9291
Hamilton or Cambridge Ray Oxborrow 022 034 2287
Hamilton Cambridge Morrinsville -between Gavin Dunn 027 4924 203
Te Awamutu area Malcolm Perano 021 67 88 30
Hamilton City anytime Andrew Gibbs 027 229 1482
Hillcrest Tamahere Rukuhia Cambridge Charles & Marion Fletcher 021 964 000
Hamilton Nicholas Sheffield 027 836 5663
Hamilton & surrounding area Tim Pearson 021 128 8520
Hamilton & Surrounds John Hadfield 021 264 2581
Hamilton and surrounding areas Brent Kennedy 027 7027654
Hamilton waikato area 40km ratios Fe Drake 027 777 0793
Hamilton Ngaruawahia Sam Kapoor 027 9025768
David Blair 027 459 8645
Hamilton City, Ngaruawahia, Huntly etc Lindsay Scott 0212157820
Cambridge/Sth-East Ham Regions Steve Wilkinson 021 380 272
South Waikato John Froger 027 2296279
Memberships Gayle Young 027 242 3727
Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Te Awamutu Druanne Plank 021 465 755
Taupiri & Whatawhata area Edwin Loynes 027 8959684
Cambridge and surrounding areas Bill Rippey 027 606 8833
Gordonton, Rototuna. Jenny O'Donnell 021 584 088
Raglan and Hamilton areas Moritz Lehmann 027 3484590
Hamilton and surrounding Brendon Muir 027 2453008
Te Awamutu Theresa Shephard 027 602 6728
any day, Hamilton East West or nearby Claire & Gerald Barton 029 855 3263/029 200 3020
Hamilton South/West to Te Awamutu Neil Johnstone 027 276 9749
Robert Smith 0273204508
Te Awamutu/Cambridge/Tamahere anytime Campbell Ware 022 1882383
Cambridge wide. Anytime free of charge Rudy Scheepens 07 827 0492
Hamilton area Tracey-Lee Ritete 021 1366 294
Hamilton area, surrounds (anytime) Eugene Yew 022 153 1181
Cambridge, Matangi, Tamahere & surrounds George Payne 0274 714 907
Cambridge Area/Te Miro Bill Shaw 027 412 0004
Whatawhata / Te Kowhai Danny Hallen 027 600 2201
any area in or around Hamilton Garry Shaw 027 492 6974
Hamilton waikato area 40km ratios Anthony Drake 027 777 1317
Greater Hamilton Area Nick Trebilcock 0212220064
Ngaruawahia, Hamilton, Huntly etc Sarah Dodds 021 605 045
Hamilton, available anytime Dan Wood 027 539 2580
Hamilton & surrounds Murray Wilby 021 033 2128
Hamilton City East of River Carl Saunders 0274 886 713
Hamilton, Waikato Region Dara Dimitrov 021 158 7478
Tamahere/Cambridge areas Glen Wilkinson 021 672 267
Hamilton/Cambridge (any time) Anita Pearson 027 4411 880
Cambridge/Leamington/Karapiro. Vicki Fleming 020 402 072 62
Hamilton Chris Cant 021 970 373
Hamilton & surrounds (anytime) Phil Bergin 022 608 0645
Flagstaff,Rototuna and Hamilton North Aaron Smith 0273592497

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas