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
Hamilton, Whatawhata, Ngahinapouri Dennis & Teresa Gibbison 022 166 4689 / 027 603 6793
Gordonton, Rototuna. Jenny O'Donnell 021 584 088
Hamilton & West swarms, walls & ceilings Phil Evans 027 697 0374
any day, Hamilton East West or nearby Claire & Gerald Barton 029 855 3263/029 200 3020
Te Awamutu Theresa Shephard 027 602 6728
Ngaruawahia, Hamilton, Huntly etc Sarah Dodds 021 605 045
Whatawhata area Edwin Loynes 027 8959684
Hamilton and surrounding areas Brent Kennedy 027 7027654

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas