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|
|Morrinsville, Te Aroha, Te Hoe, Orini||Pieter Van Der Westhuizen||021 392 740|
|Waihi/Paeroa & surrounding areas-anytime||Dan Wood||027 539 2580|
|Taupiri area, any time.||Allen Godfrey||027 611 2958|
|Morrinsville surrounds||Michael Hagarty||027 515 6772|
|Cambridge||Kobus Kok||021 942 183|
|Ngahinapouri waipa||Lee Wilson||027 322 6899|
|Ham, West/South to Te A. Have a Bee Vac||Neil Johnstone||027 276 9749|
|Ohaupo||Maurie Joyce||027 474 6012|
|Flagstaff, Rototuna, Te Rapa & Surrounds||Garry Shaw||027 492 6974|
|South Hamilton, Cambridge - Most days||James & Corey Regnerus-Kell||021 795 888|
|Cambridge, Matangi, Tamahere & surrounds||George Payne||0274 714 907|
|Hamilton Gordonton Taupiri & Nth Waikato||Bill Smith||021 274 4256|
|Huntly to Pokeno and surrounding areas||Clint Hackworth||021 413 563|
|Te Awamutu area||Malcolm Perano||021 67 88 30|
|Hamilton, Waipa and surrounds, anytime.||Malachai Ensing||021 0241 4985|
|Hamilton/Tauwhare Area||Jared Wilson||022 028 8160|
|Hamilton & Surrounding area||Tim O'Neill||027 451 0573|
|Orini - Ruakura - Tauhei -Tahuna||Crystal Lange||029 957 8319|
|Huntly Taupiri Morrinsville Hamilton||Bryan Scott||021 179 3025|
|Hamilton and surrounding||Brendon Muir||027 245 3008|
|Te Kowhai and surrounds||Mike Campbell||021 281 0506|
|Cambridge,Morrinsvile,TeAwamutu,Hamilton||David Blair||027 459 8645|
|Chartwell, Rototuna, Huntington, Pukete||Graham Hardaker||027 358 8412|