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.

Call a local beekeeping club and a grateful beekeeper will likely collect bees to establish a new hive.

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.

Swarm removal

Bee swarm on gateEncountering 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.

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.

Swarm Collection in Hamilton /Waikato

We have club member beekeepers all over the Waikato who should be able to help collect swarms so if you find a swarm in Hamilton or the Waikato area please contact:

  • Hamilton City - Sally Peel 027 478 6695
  • Te Kauwhata, Waerenga, Ohinewai, Tahuna, Huntly, Ngaruawahia areas. Anywhere north of Hamilton. Available most of the time. - Jonathon Visser 027 236 9289
  • Hamilton City and West side towards Raglan - Cameron Blackbourn 021 766 123
  • East side of River - Peter Gray 0274 722 780
  • DENNIS HUTT ** FREE Removal of Bee Swarms ** ALL AREAS ** Can also remove established colonies in Buildings / Homes ** Phone or TXT 021-578 131 ** 07-8299774 ** - Dennis Hutt 021 578 131
  • Hamilton city, wedensdays and weekends - Andrew Munro 0274 660 445
  • Hamilton area. 8470454 or 8276199 - Ray Oxborrow 022 034 2287
  • Hamilton city evenings and weekends - Michael Kahan 021 272 3080
  • Cambridge area - Karin Watson 027 501 3663
  • HAMILTON - Nicholas Sheffield 027 836 5663
  • Hamilton South, Ngahinapouiri, Pirongia & Paterangi and surrounding areas - Neil Johnstone 027 276 9749
  • Te Awamutu area - Peter Budd 027 369 2899
  • Melville Glenveiw Ohaupo TeAwamutu - Brad Davis 027 4635 372
  • South West Hamilton generally available from Sunday to Tuesday. Ph: 0212570094 or 0211194756. - Gordon MacRae 021 257 0094
  • Te Awamutu - Kyle Hunter 027 505 2066
  • Te Awamutu/ Waikato. Can assist with wasp nest killing. - James Parlane 027 3809 233
  • Ohaupo /Kaipaki/Cambridge - Maurie Joyce 027 474 6012
  • Cambridge area - available on 0276068833- please call anytime..... - Bill Rippey 027 606 8833
  • Pirongia, Te Awamutu, Otorohanga area. Can travel to get swarms. Catch anytime - Aaron Gilmore 027 6479 255
  • Hamilton City - usually anytime call 027 702 7654 - Brent Kennedy 027 7027654
  • Cambridge area, afternoons and weekends - Harnold Dunnink 021 205 4020
  • Cambridge/ Maungatautari area - Zoe Stevenson 021 802 113
  • Kawhia - Kit Jeffries 021 226 4904
  • Morrinsvill area any day - Clayton Dewhurst 021 044 7146
  • TIMOTHY H. SMITHSON [Tim] ** 078554886 ** 0272886481 ** Can Recover Bees, and Bumble Bees also**Hamilton Wide Districts - Timothy Smithson 027 288 6481
  • Hamilton or close by. Most any day. - David Mans 0211789478
  • Hamilton - Weekends Only - Gavin Webber 021 022 00962
  • Hamilton city and surrounds. Any time. - Jimmy Miller 027 858 3555
  • Te Awamutu - Graeme Barker 0274 958 985
  • Hamilton 50km radius - John Waterhouse 021 313 777
  • Anytime -- Preferred locations Morrinsville, Matamata, Te Aroha but will respond to Hamilton requests. - Sharon Buyar 027 454 3896
  • huntly. Ngaruawahia. waingaro. te Kawhata. Whatawhata. Gordonton. areas - Katrina & Stuart Quigley 027 547 6257
  • Hamilton west perferable but happy to collect 24/7 anywhere Hamilton/ Cambridge area - Mike Karsten 021 248 7377
  • Cambridge Leamington area -catch anytime, call 07-8234500 - Terry Storer 022 088 5239
  • - Michael & Linda Campbell 021 281 0506
  • Hamilton, ph 8552220 available anytime :-) - Simone Sheffield 078552220
  • Te awamutu area - Hayden Dobbs 027 500 2956
  • Most areas covered just call - Brent Hallam 021 928 251
  • Hamilton - Chris Cant 021 970 373
  • Hamilton and surrounds. 7 days please phone anytime 0210332128 - Murray Wilby 021 033 2128
  • Afternoons - Malcolm Perano 021678830
  • Hamilton, Morrinsville and wider Waikato. Can Collect anytime. - Hemi Kingi 021 1705 422
  • Hamilton and surrounds - Jeff Hoskins 021 0246 6233
  • Hamilton and most rural areas. Call any time, any day. - Bevan Armstrong 027 536 8278
  • Any time. Preferred Morrinsville/Te Aroha / Matamata. Will also service Hamilton - Arthur Plumpton 027 243 3002
  • any day, Hamilton city, East side or West side, and enroute Hamilton to Whiritoa/Whangamata/Waihi Beach areas - Claire & Gerald Barton 029 855 3263 / 029 200 3020
  • Anytime, any day - Hillcrest, Tamahere, Rukuhia, Tauwhare, Newstead, Ohaupo, Cambridge and surrounding areas, call Charles Fletcher 021964000 - Charles & Marion Fletcher 021 964 000
  • Hamilton. After hours/ weekends. 0273203055 - Alex Bruce 027 320 3055
  • any area in or around Hamilton - Garry Shaw 027 492 6974
  • Live in Ngaruawahia but can collect around Waikato. Can also remove established colonies. Happy to assist others. - Sarah Dodds 021 605 045
  • Cambridge Area - Bill Shaw 027 412 0004
  • Larger Hamilton anytime - John Hadfield 021 264 2581
  • Hamilton city, Gordonton, Taupiri, Huntly, Ngaruawahia - Bill Smith 021 274 4256
  • Hamilton city and surrounding areas. weekends and weekdays any time - Nathan Orr 027 320 6174

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas