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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
KaitaiaHaines Apiaries09 408 2200 or 027 433 8430
MataJames Parkes09 432 7543
RuakakaJames Parkes09 432 7543
WaipuJames Parkes09 432 7543
WhangareiPeter Alexander022 121 1221 or 09 622 3055
WhangareiLinda Wilkinson09 434 6654

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AUCKLAND REGION
AhuroaJeff Montrose (will also eradicate wasps)027 621 3765
Greater Auckland RegionAuckland Beekeepers Club021 0889 8210 or abcswarmcontrol@gmail.com
Kaipara FlatsJeff Montrose (will also eradicate wasps)027 621 3765
LeighJeff Montrose (will also eradicate wasps)027 621 3765
MatakanaJeff Montrose (will also eradicate wasps)027 621 3765
Mahurangi East and WestJeff Montrose (will also eradicate wasps)027 621 3765
North AucklandWilliam Titford (will also eradicate wasps for fee)021 081 14121 or 09 426 6270
North ShoreWilliam Titford (will also eradicate wasps for fee)021 081 14121 or 09 426 6270
RodneyJohn Jennings021 949 350
RodneyWilliam Titford (will also eradicate wasps for fee)021 081 14121 or 09 426 6270
Warkworth/ MatakanaEdoardo Canal021 740 030
WarkworthJeff Montrose (will also eradicate wasps)027 621 3765

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EAST COAST/BAY OF PLENTY REGION
Potaka to Tokomaru BayMark Iles06 8643747 or 021 126 9237
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

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WAIKATO REGION
HamiltonDarren Bainbridge021 035 0341
Hamilton (20km radius of Hamilton)Graeme Barker (will also eradicate wasps for fee)0274 958 985
Te Awamutu (20km radius of Te Awamutu)Graeme Barker (will also eradicate wasps for fee)0274 958 985
TaupoJohn Carter (bee swarms and wasp eradication for a fee) 021 632 827
BroadlandsJohn Carter (bee swarms and wasp eradication for a fee) 021 632 827
RotoruaJohn Carter (bee swarms and wasp eradication for a fee) 021 632 827

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TARANAKI REGION REGION
New Plymouth and TaranakiJonathan KP Marshall06 754 8254
TaranakiChris Powell027 487 2426 or 06 753 3111
South TaranakiLester Bulmer06 278 4071 or 027 759 5756

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HAWKES BAY REGION
Bay ViewDave Hills (will also eradicate wasps)06 757 5675 or A/H 06 752 6860
Bridge PaDeanna Corbett06 754 8254
Central Hawkes BayWayne Smith (will also eradicate wasps)06 751 13943
CliveNeil Blake027 487 2426 or 06 753 3111
CliveDeanna Corbett06 278 4071 or 027 759 5756
FlaxmereJeremy Newton (will also eradicate wasps for fee)027 211 9335
HastingsNeil Blake06 870 1018 or 027 891 5161
HastingsDeanna Corbett06 876 8852 or 027 244 1751
Hastings / Havelock NorthRob Stockley021 438 762
HastingsJanet Luke0211517688 or 06 8779639
HastingsJeremy Newton (will also eradicate wasps for fee)027 211 9335
Havelock NorthDeanna Corbett06 876 8852 or 027 244 1751
Havelock NorthRob Stockley021 438 762
Havelock NorthJanet Luke0211517688 or 06 8779639
Havelock NorthJeremy Newton (will also eradicate wasps for fee)027 211 9335
NapierDave Hills (will also eradicate wasps)06 836 6324 or 021 0782 041
NapierNeil Blake06 870 1018 or 027 891 5161
Napier (out to 10km from town)Val Nicholson06 835 3006 or 027 244 8004
NapierJanet Luke0211517688 or 06 8779639
TaradaleVal Nicholson06 835 3006 or 027 244 8004
TaradaleDave Hills (will also eradicate wasps)06 836 6324 or 021 0782 041
TaradaleDeanna Corbett06 876 8852 or 027 244 1751
WoodvillePaul Jenkin021 228 4133
Te AwangaJanet Luke0211517688 or 06 8779639

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MANAWATU-WANGANUI REGION
BullsBarry Marshall (will also eradicate wasps and remove established hives)06 327 6472 or 027 643 9938
FeildingManawatu Beekeepers Club contact: Paul Jenkin021 228 4133
FoxtonPeter Rogers (will also eradicate wasps)06 362 7239
HuntervilleBarry Marshall (will also eradicate wasps and remove established hives)06 327 6472 or 027 643 9938
LevinPeter Rogers (will also eradicate wasps)06 362 7239
LevinBrendan Graham027 247 4721 or 06 367 9384
ManawatuManawatu Beekeepers Club contact: Paul Jenkin021 228 4133
MartonBarry Marshall (will also eradicate wasps and remove established hives)06 327 6472 or 027 643 9938
PahiatuaManawatu Beekeepers Club contact: Paul Jenkin021 228 4133
Palmerston NorthJake Schultz027 762 6373
ShannonPeter Rogers (will also eradicate wasps)06 362 7239
Shannon to Kapiti CoastAidan Wright (will also eradicate wasps, call for a quote) 021 296 2346
TurakinaBarry Marshall (will also eradicate wasps and remove established hives)06 327 6472 or 027 643 9938
WhanganuiAllan Richards (will also eradicate wasps for fee)0274 48 4449 or 06 343 5039

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WAIRARAPA REGION
WairarapaDean Wilkinson027 403 5440
WairarapaScott Anstis027 479 3596
Carterton Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911
Featherston Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911
Greytown Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911
Martinborough Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911

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WAIRARAPA REGION
WairarapaDean Wilkinson027 403 5440
WairarapaScott Anstis027 479 3596
Carterton Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911
Featherston Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911
Greytown Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911
Martinborough Jeff Arthur06 304 9883 or 027 472 9911

SOUTH ISLAND

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NELSON, TASMAN AND MARLBOROUGH REGIONS
MarlboroughJohn Trevena027 418 1436 (text only)
MarlboroughNeville Sutherland027 937 5088
MotuekaNathan Davis021 229 2793
TasmanNelson Beekeepers Clubwww.nelsonbeekeepers.org.nz
TasmanNathan Davis021 229 2793
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

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OTAGO REGION
DunedinTudor Caradoc-Davies027 208 5133
QueenstownKeith Raymond027 220 3825

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SOUTHLAND REGION
SouthlandSouthland Bee Society contact: Sonya Crook03 2358 371 or www.southlandbeesociety.nz