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
Waikato Simon Munce 021 289 1176
Hamilton, available anytime Simone Sheffield 021 183 7392
Hamilton, after work hours Michael Kahan 021 272 3080
Hamilton/Cambridge/North Waikato Anthony Viner 021 237 2336
Hamilton & surrounding area Tim Pearson 021 128 8520
Morrinsville surrounds Michael Hagarty 027 515 6772
Hamilton Waikato Region Dara Dimitrov 021 158 7478
Te Awamutu Theresa Shephard 027 602 6728
Taupiri area, any time. Allen Godfrey 027 611 2958
Huntly, Hamilton, Taupiri, Te Kauwhata Cindy van Zyl 021 0232 8659
Cambridge wide / Leamington Rudy Scheepens 021 055 0160
Hamilton Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato Bill Smith 021 274 4256
Huntly Taupiri Morrinsville Hamilton Bryan Scott 021 179 3025
Te Kowhai and surrounds Mike Campbell 021 281 0506
Ngaruawahia Brian Martin 029 777 9395
Hamilton (call any time!) Nicholas Sheffield 027 836 5663
Hamilton Robyn Marsters 027 494 6800
Ham, West/South to Te A. Have a Bee Vac Neil Johnstone 027 276 9749
Whatawhata/Te Kowhai Tricia Enriquez-Gault 021 192 8000
Ngahinapouri waipa Lee Wilson 027 322 6899
Te Awamutu area Malcolm Perano 021 67 88 30
Hamilton/Tauwhare Area Jared Wilson 022 028 8160
Morrinsville and surrounds Heather Morton 027 406 2496
Hamilton,Cambridge,Morrinsvile&Surrounds David Blair 027 459 8645
Hamilton area, Raglan, Pirongia Moritz Lehmann 027 3484 590
Hamilton and surrounding Brendon Muir 027 245 3008
North Hamilton Mike Wright 027 703 4711
Hamilton, anytime Vicky Willison 027 254 9119
Hamilton & Surrounding area Tim O'Neill 027 451 0573
All of Hamilton and surrounding areas Jen Wilcock 022 453 7355
Cambridge, Matangi, Tamahere & surrounds George Payne 0274 714 907
Anywhere Anytime Fe Drake 027 271 9542
Ohaupo Maurie Joyce

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas