Keeping Honey Bees and Swarm Trapping

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Keeping Honey Bees and Swarm Trapping by Grant Gillard.pdf

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Descriptions : Swarm trapping is another aspect to free bees that entails catching that runaway swarm even when Im not around and in places I cant always be Ive had my share of experiences where the swarm departed for some unknown destination and then Ive wondered about the swarms that come out of bee trees in remote areas where no human being was able to discover them and call me And what about the swarms that people find but they dont know who to call Eventually those swarms will leave for a hollow tree or somebodys garden shed How can I get those swarms I dont even know about br br Then I began to think about creating some kind of a temporary location that would attract the scout bees so I wouldnt necessarily have to be present to retrieve the swarm or if I arrived a minute too late how I might still catch that swarm by setting a trap over the hill or in various locations around the community br br Think about it You get a swarm call The swarm has left the hive and is clustered on a rose bush in someones yard Theres a scared and nervous homeowner who wants the bees removed right now The scout bees are out looking for a new location which they can call home The scout bees are searching diligently as you ask some simple questions over the phone about how high the swarm is and how long theyve been there You get organized and start to drive to the swarm site br br As you drive to the swarm location the scout bees begin to narrow down their criteria for the best site You hit a red light at the intersection The swarm cluster begins to unwind and take off You pull over for a funeral procession on the highway The swarm cluster flies away to a tree about a half mile from the swarm site and they begin to fill the knot hole in a hollow tree unbeknownst to anyone in the neighborhood No one has seen them enter that old tree You pull up to the swarm site br br The nervous homeowner still in a state of shock as he witnessed the unwinding swarm mutely points to the few stranglers the confused scout bees that missed the swarms departure for the new site And you realize youre about five minutes too late You curse the red lights you refused to runrobably a good thing br br So you sit around for a few more minutes and visit with the homeowner figuring the whole experience has been nothing but a waste of time You cant begin to explain to the homeowner what really happened They wouldnt understand You vainly scan the sky hoping the swarm is still around The homeowner wants to know where they went to hoping they left for somewhere else But youre not really sure All you really know is they are gone and you have nothing to show for your interest br br And so you leave with that empty feeling of being a day late and a dollar short Again br br Ive had so many of these experiences over the years that I got to thinking on how to create a box an artificial cavity to mimic a hollow tree that would attract the bees so I didnt have to be everywhere at the same time I could space out several of these boxes around the county to catch those bees that get away I could have a dummy hive a bait box to attract those swarms that no one sees It would be a decoy box that would house the swarm until I found time to check it and move it at my convenience

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