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.
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.
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.
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 & Availability||Name||Phone|
|Hamilton Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato||Bill Smith||021 274 4256|
|Ohaupo||Maurie Joyce||027 474 6012|
|Ngaruawahia and area around.||Brian Martin||029 777 9395|
|Huntly Taupiri Morrinsville Hamilton||Bryan Scott||021 179 3025|
|Hamilton/Cambridge/Tamahere||Anthony Viner||021 237 2336|
|Taupiri & Whatawhata area||Edwin Loynes||027 895 9684|
|Ham, West/South to Te A. Have a Bee Vac||Neil Johnstone||027 276 9749|
|Hamilton/Tauwhare Area||Jared Wilson||022 028 8160|
|Hamilton and surrounding||Brendon Muir||027 245 3008|
|Saskia Schuitemaker||022 320 2900|
|Hamilton, available anytime||Simone Sheffield||021 183 7392|
|Hamilton and nearby - phone anytime.||David Mans||021 178 9478|
|Hamilton & Surrounding area||Tim O'Neill||027 451 0573|
|Hamilton & surrounding area||Tim Pearson||021 128 8520|
|Hamilton (call any time!)||Nicholas Sheffield||027 836 5663|
|Hamilton and surrounds||Brett Coxhead||021 288 8536|
|Te Awamutu||Theresa Shephard||027 602 6728|
|Hamilton||Finn Innes||022 013 2902|
|Hamilton Waikato Region||Dara Dimitrov||021 158 7478|
|Morrinsville surrounds||Michael Hagarty||027 515 6772|
|Hamilton City East of River||Carl Saunders||0274 886 713|
|Morrinsville, Te Aroha, Te Hoe, Orini||Pieter Van Der Westhuizen||021 392 740|
|Hamilton,Cambridge,Morrinsvile&Surrounds||David Blair||027 459 8645|