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Discussion in 'Trapping' started by Nock, Mar 21, 2020.
Got 6 out today. Now just need a swarm.
Good luck Nock . I've never had much luck catching swarms in a swarm box , keep us informed . Maybe you can teach me how to do it successfully . I just watch for the bees to swarm on a tree limb and squirrel up the tree and get them . If there too high I just shoot the limb off and get the swarm when they settle on a lower limb . Two years ago my bees swarmed sixteen times and most of them went too high for me to climb up and catch them , by the end of the summer a lot of my trees were looking pretty bad from all the missing limbs .
With the mild winter and early spring it won't be long Nock! I have two booming hives that overwintered well and I will be splitting them this week as long as drones are flying...
I got 13 out. Plan on checking and rebaiting this week. I have one in my yard and it was getting checked out by scouts over the weekend.
There have been some reports in Tennessee already.
What do you bait them with, do you sell honey
This and some old brood comb.
Yep, Swarm Commander.....
I also just use plain lemongrass oil....
Made a couple splits the other day, one more yesterday.
Had one moving in today.
I tried to avoid splitting my hives this year by adding supers early in March, hoping to give them room. WRONG!!! My yard is looking like a dysfunctional nuc garage sale. What was five hives is now nine, and should've been ten, but I got home late one day and that one flew before I could get suited up. Even so, with the main flow just getting started, I think I'll still manage a crop. On the bright side, of the five swarms, the highest was seven feet.
It was a good one. Probably 5-6#.
Caught one yesterday off a fire hydrant at a plant. 3-4#
You only run nucs?
Nah, I run double deeps. But I've gathered up every nuc box and swarm trap I have to house these swarms. I got #6 and 7 yesterday after i posted. One of those was a swarm I caught last Friday. It flew around the trees for about 20 minutes and lit on a post behind it's old nuc box it just flew from. They didn't go in as of dark. Crazy year for me.
Those bee swarms give me the Hebbie jeebies