SWARM COLLECTORS

Please contact the beekeeper closest to your area, and they will endeavour to help you remove your unwanted honey bee swarm.

NORTH ISLAND

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NORTHLAND
Mata, Ruakaka, WaipuJames Parkes09 432 7543
Kaitaia, Moerewa, Kawakawa, PipiwaiTai Tokerau Honey09 408 2532

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AUCKLAND REGION
Greater Auckland RegionAuckland Beekeepers Club021 141 3947
abcswarmcontrol@gmail.com
Waiuku, GlenbrookPeter MacAulay027 668 3864
North Shore, Rodney, KaiparaRobson Chiambiro021 059 3902
HelensvilleVicki Allen022 427 4711

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Hauraki PlainsJill Pauling027 221 7639
Tauranga, Lower KaimaiLyndy Wickham027 634 5156

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EAST COAST/BAY OF PLENTY REGION
Bay of PlentyRotorua Honey Bee Club027 481 5230
Bay of PlentyMichael Lamont021 968 919
Bay of Plenty, TaurangaFridolin Kathan021 206 4329 or 07 571 6839
Western Bay of Plenty Barry Kneebone07 549 0937
RotoruaRuth Thomas021 180 3970
Ohope, WhakataneNgaire Green0274 244 558

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WAIKATO REGION
TaupoJohn Funnell 021 733 142
Hamilton and wider WaikatoWaikato Domestic Beekeepers AssociationNeil Johnston 027 276 9749
WaikatoDarren Bainbridge021 035 0341
Hamilton East, Hillcrest, Tamahere, Matangi, Cambridge, OhaupoCharles Fletcher021 964 000

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TARANAKI REGION
South TaranakiLester Bulmer06 278 4071 or 027 759 5756
TaranakiTaranaki Beekeepers' Club (Ian Duff)027 241 0331

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HAWKES BAY REGION
Central Hawke's BayWayne Smith (will also eradicate wasps)06 858 8862
Hawke's BayDavid Hills021 078 2041

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MANAWATU-WANGANUI REGION
LevinBrendan Graham027 247 4721 or 06 367 9384
OtakiBuzz Club Otaki (Dean)021 228 3906

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WAIRARAPA
WairarapaScott Anstis027 479 3596

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WELLINGTON REGION
PoriruaWellington Beekeepers Association contact: PK Tan021 109 3388
Wellington including surroundsWellington Beekeepers Association contact: John Burnet027 437 9062
beehive.org.nz/swarms/list-collectors

SOUTH ISLAND

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NELSON, TASMAN AND MARLBOROUGH REGIONS
Tasman, Nelson, RichmondNelson Beekeepers Clubwww.nelsonbeekeepers.org.nz
Buller, MurchisonSam Doran022 161 0987

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CANTERBURY REGION
Amberley, Christchurch North, Kaiapoi, RangioraMargot Janssen 03 312 9050
Darfield, SelwynHarvey Polglase03 318 7357 or 021 617 326
Christchurch Gordon Nairn 027 538 9568
Christchurch, North CanterburyAll About Bees North Canterbury Club027 759 4403
Selwyn, ChristchurchJeffrey Brand03 347 6334 or 027 271 0996

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OTAGO REGION
QueenstownRaymond Key027 442 3601
Greater Dunedin (far south as Waihola)Honey Harvest Apiaries027 818 4058 or 027 470 9019

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SOUTHLAND REGION
SouthlandSouthland Bee Society contact: Geoff Scott028 402 4852 or dronescott1650@gmail.com
QueenstownRaymond Key027 442 3601

HONEY BEE SWARMS

Bees swarming is a natural occurrence which is a part of their reproductive cycle. Honey bees are the only type of bees that swarm.

Swarming season across New Zealand can begin as early as August and runs through until January.

One of the main reasons for bees swarming is overcrowding of the hive due to the queen laying more eggs thanks to warm weather and an increase of flowers and pollen.

The queen and anywhere between 5,000 to 20,000 worker bees will leave the hive and land in gardens or sometimes in even more obscure places. The bees hang in a mass around the queen keeping her warm and ensuring she is safe.

If you find a bee swarm the best thing to do is leave it alone and call a beekeeper to collect it in a safe manner. Don’t worry, bees in a swarm are not aggressive or inclined to sting unless provoked.

DON’TS

  • Spray it with insecticide. This can make the bees sick or at the very worst kill them
  • Assume they are wasps. Bees and wasps can look similar, remember if they are bees they can be saved. Wasps should be killed in a controlled manner by an exterminator or a beekeeper who knows how to eradicate wasps.

DO’S

  • Call a trained swarm collector. A beekeeper who can collect swarms will assess the swarm and remove it safely with no harm to the bees.
  • A list of beekeepers who will collect and relocate your swarm can be found below

BUMBLE BEE NESTS

For information on bumble bee nest removal, click here. Beekeepers don’t generally deal with the removal of bumble bee nests.