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.

SWARM COLLECTORS

Please contact the beekeeper closest to your area, and they will endeavour to help you remove your unwanted honey bee swarm.
N.b. Only members of Apiculture New Zealand can appear on the Swarm Collection List.

NORTH ISLAND

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NORTHLAND
MataJames Parkes09 432 7543
RuakakaJames Parkes09 432 7543
WaipuJames Parkes09 432 7543

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AUCKLAND REGION
Greater Auckland RegionAuckland Beekeepers Club021 0889 8210 or abcswarmcontrol@gmail.com
AucklandWilliam Titford021 081 14121

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EAST COAST/BAY OF PLENTY REGION
Bay of PlentyRotorua Honey Bee Club027 481 5230
Bay of PlentyFridolin Kathan021 206 4329 or 07 571 6839
TaurangaFridolin Kathan021 206 4329 or 07 571 6839
Western Bay of Plenty Barry Kneebone07 549 0937

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WAIKATO REGION
TaupoJohn Funnell 021 733 142
Hamilton and wider WaikatoWaikato Domestic Beekeepers AssociationNeil Johnston 027 276 9749
Hamilton (25km radius of Hamilton)Chris Honiss 027 780 6150
WaikatoDarren Bainbridge021 035 0341

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TARANAKI REGION
South TaranakiLester Bulmer06 278 4071 or 027 759 5756

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HAWKES BAY REGION
Central Hawke's BayWayne Smith (will also eradicate wasps)06 858 8862
CliveNeil Blake027 487 2426 or 06 753 3111
HastingsNeil Blake06 870 1018 or 027 891 5161
NapierNeil Blake06 870 1018 or 027 891 5161
Hawke's BayDavid Hills021 078 2041

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MANAWATU-WANGANUI REGION
LevinBrendan Graham027 247 4721 or 06 367 9384

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WAIRARAPA
WairarapaScott Anstis027 479 3596
South Wairarapa, MartinboroughMichael Lamont021 968 919

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WELLINGTON REGION
Hutt ValleyWellington Beekeepers Association contact: Stewart Turner04 528 2227
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
TasmanNelson Beekeepers Clubwww.nelsonbeekeepers.org.nz
NelsonNelson Beekeepers Clubwww.nelsonbeekeepers.org.nz
NelsonAndrew or Wendy Lane (will also eradicate wasps for fee)0274 497 897 or 021 082 66607
RichmondNelson Beekeepers Clubwww.nelsonbeekeepers.org.nz

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CANTERBURY REGION
AmberleyMargot Janssen 03 312 9050
Christchurch NorthMargot Janssen03 312 9050
Christchurch South-EastNicholas Aitken021 202 5040
KaiapoiMargot Janssen 03 312 9050
RangioraMargot Janssen 03 312 9050
Christchurch Gordon Nairn 027 538 9568

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OTAGO REGION
QueenstownRaymond Key027 442 3601

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SOUTHLAND REGION
SouthlandSouthland Bee Society contact: Murray Christensen027 721 1448 or www.southlandbeesociety.nz
QueenstownRaymond Key027 442 3601