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
South West Hamilton Gordon MacRae 021 257 0094
Te Awamutu area Hayden Dobbs 027 500 2956
any day, Hamilton East West or nearby Claire & Gerald Barton 029 855 3263
Morrinsville/Te Aroha / Matamata Arthur Plumpton 027 243 3002
Hamilton & Surrounds John Hadfield 021 264 2581
Hamilton & Surrounds + Bee-Vac for most situations Peter Budd 027 369 2899
Hamilton, available anytime Simone Sheffield 07 855 2220
Kawhia Kit Jeffries 021 226 4904
Hamilton & surrounds Murray Wilby 021 033 2128
Hamilton City Sally Peel 027 478 6695
Cambridge Area Bill Shaw 027 412 0004
Hamilton,Cambridge,Morrinsville&between Gavin Dunn 027 4924 203
Hamilton Nicholas Sheffield 027 836 5663
Afternoons Malcolm Perano 021 67 88 30
Cambridge Kobus Kok 021 942 183
Ngaruawahia & surrounds, most any time. Nick Dodds 021 2505093
Hamilton/ Cambridge Mike Karsten 021 248 7377
Morrinsville, Matamata, Te Aroha Sharon Buyar 027 454 3896
Hamilton West area Maryanne Partridge 027 366 7423
Pirongia & surrounds - After work hours Brad Crawford 022 065 2661
Morrinsville Clayton Dewhurst 021 044 7146
Hamilton South/West to Te Awamutu Neil Johnstone 027 276 9749
Hamilton 50km radius John Waterhouse 021 313 777
Hamilton & west towards Raglan Cameron Blackbourn 021 766 123
Hamilton Nigel Appleton 027 472 4004
Hamilton & North Waikato Bill Smith 021 274 4256
Hamilton or surrounds David Mans 021 178 9478
Cambridge & surrounds Karin Watson 027 501 3663
Hamilton - Tamahere Rupert Bain 021 251 9235
Hamilton & surrounds Nathan Orr 027 320 6174
Te Kowhai and surrounds Michael & Linda Campbell 021 281 0506
South Hamilton and surrounding area preferably but happy to consider all Tim O'Neill 027 451 0573
East side of River Peter Gray 0274 722 780
Cambridge/Leamington/Karapiro. Vicki Fleming 020 402 072 62
All Areas,24-7, Can Remove Existing Bees Dennis Hutt 027 275 0236
Ohaupo /Kaipaki/Cambridge Maurie Joyce 027 474 6012
Hamilton & Surrounds Hamish Marsh 021 062 1729
Hamilton anytime Graeme Barker 0277 6688 12
Hamilton Chris Cant 021 970 373
North Hamilton, Ngaruawahia, Hakarimatas Mike Buckley 027 6904 125
Waikato, Can remove established colonies Sarah Dodds 021 605 045
Hamilton & surrounds Bevan Armstrong 027 536 8278
Hamilton, after work hours Michael Kahan 021 272 3080
Pirongia, Te Awamutu, Otorohanga Aaron Gilmore 027 6479 255
Hamilton Brent Kennedy 027 7027654
Melville Glenveiw Ohaupo TeAwamutu Brad Davis 027 4635 372
Cambridge Bill Rippey 027 606 8833
Waikato / Waipa Brad Senior 021 036 3796
South Waikato + Wasp nest killing James Parlane 027 3809 233
Ngaruawahia & North Waikato Katrina & Stuart Quigley 027 547 6257
Hamilton and surrounds Jeff Hoskins 021 024 66233
Hamilton & surrounds Jimmy Miller 027 858 3555
Hamilton & West, walls ceilings chimneys Phil Evans 027 697 0374
Matamata / Piako Sandra Greenwood 021 132 8191
Hamilton/Cambridge/North Waikato Anthony Viner 021 237 2336

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas