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 and surrounding Brendon Muir 027 245 3008
Ngaruawahia and area around. Brian Martin 029 777 9395
Te Awamutu Theresa Shephard 027 602 6728
Ham, West/South to Te A. Have a Bee Vac Neil Johnstone 027 276 9749
Huntly Taupiri Morrinsville Hamilton Bryan Scott 021 179 3025
Hamilton/Cambridge/Tamahere Anthony Viner 021 237 2336
Morrinsville surrounds Michael Hagarty 027 515 6772
Taupiri & Whatawhata area Edwin Loynes 027 895 9684
Hamilton, available anytime Simone Sheffield 021 183 7392
Hamilton and surrounds Brett Coxhead 021 288 8536
Hamilton/Tauwhare Area Jared Wilson 022 028 8160
Morrinsville, Te Aroha, Te Hoe, Orini Pieter Van Der Westhuizen 021 392 740
Hamilton & surrounding area Tim Pearson 021 128 8520
Hamilton Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato Bill Smith 021 274 4256
Saskia Schuitemaker 022 320 2900
Hamilton Jess Vargas 02102561886
Hamilton and nearby - phone anytime. David Mans 021 178 9478
Hamilton City East of River Carl Saunders 0274 886 713
Hamilton Finn Innes 022 013 2902
Hamilton Waikato Region Dara Dimitrov 021 158 7478
Hamilton,Cambridge,Morrinsvile&Surrounds David Blair 027 459 8645
Ohaupo Maurie Joyce 027 474 6012
Hamilton & Surrounding area Tim O'Neill 027 451 0573
Hamilton (call any time!) Nicholas Sheffield 027 836 5663

Bee Swarm Collection in other areas