Honeybee swarm removal.
First, check to see if you have honey bees. It is easy to confuse wasps with honey bees. If you have wasps we will recommend you contact Smash 'Em Pest Control who have special gear to deal with wasps. If you are not sure, please contact us. You can upload a photo to our contact form.
Second, contact us with your address and the location of the swarm to arrange removal. It is important that the swarm has landed and clustered somewhere because swarms can travel a great distance.
We cover the entire Greater Auckland Region.
We will use our specialist equipment to transfer the bees to a suitable hive.
As a thank you, at the end of the season, those who reported the swarm will receive a pottle of yummy, fresh, pure honey from that year’s harvest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the queen being so awesome, laying over 3000 eggs per day throughout the summer season, beehives become crowded. The hive naturally splits into two.
The original queen will leave with half of the hive in search of a new home.
They all swarm out of the hive as one and head off to find a temporary site.
During the next few days, the bees will cluster into a ball to protect their queen while the scout bees go searching for a new home.
This is when they are the most vulnerable to predators, the weather & people.
We carefully collect the swarm of bees in a way that rescues almost all of the bees.
We then isolate the bees & treat them for Varroa mite, build up their food & pollen supply & ensure that they are growing as a healthy colony.
We then put them into our home Apiary, which is surrounded by hectares of the native bush so they can continue to build & grow under our management.
For our swarm collection service, we service the Great Auckland Area.
Hosting a Hive
Rescued Bees for Hire
Honey Bees (Apis Mellifera) are now struggling to survive without human intervention. The reasons for this have a wide range and scope. There is no one set of people, industry or action to blame but rather a combination of many. One threat to bee health is the Varroa mite. This mite is devastating to bee colonies and is capable of killing a complete colony within one summer season. Most, if not all swarms we catch are already infected with this mite. Without human help, that potential healthy colony will be dead by winter.
Auckland Honey Bee Rescue's main focus is to save bees during their most vulnerable time (swarming). We then help them grow and multiply in a safe and healthy manner.
With bee colonies struggling so much, whether it is a backyard garden or commercial venture. the pollination of flowers, fruit trees, veggie gardens etc is on the decline.
Here is how you can help and directly benefit from having a beehive on your property
Foraging bees will visit every flower in your garden, your neighbours, their neighbours and up to approx 3km from the hive! Directly, your bees will support the community, collect valuable pollen and turn the nectar into yummy tasty honey, which is all yours!
As responsible keepers to your bees, we will:
- Regularly treat the bees for the varroa mite
- Supply them with extra nourishment, vitamins and minerals to prevent disease and improve gut health
- Lead the bees through a honey harvest
- Control any swarming
- Maintain a healthy Queen
- Process and bottle your individual honey harvest for you to enjoy
We have found that rescued bees, when given careful and continued care, while supplied with bountiful resources and housed properly, will live, thrive and multiply very successfully.
We encourage you to take part in this wonderful opportunity to have a healthy hive of bees *working in your neighbourhood.
We do charge a very manageable monthly rate to ensure full care is given to your hive/s