Yea, I’m McCartney, that YouTube Beekeeper guy. And I’m passionate about bees and beekeeping and am the author of Swarm Traps and Bait Hives. I’ve really enjoyed Swarm Trapping and wrote the book on it so others can enjoy this great way to get FREE BEES! (well…kind of free.)
Want Survivor Bees?
You can spend $80-120 on a 3# package, or $140-160 on a nuc. Or you can buy the Swarm Trapping book and catch local bees year after year! You also get bees for free with a good chance of Varroa resistance! All you have to do is learn a little bit about swarm trapping. It is something our grandfathers and our grandfathers’ grandfathers did. Also called bait hiving, it is simply the art of building a correctly sized box, putting in a scent, and knowing where to hang it.
Want Free Bees?
Well, almost free. I believe in honesty, so I have to disclose that you’ll have to build a box, hang it, check it, and transfer your free bees. That about sums it up. To compare with buying a package – you’ll have to order it, pay for it, pick it up, transport it to your yard, and install it. About the same steps but the swarm trapped bees are free!
Swarm trapping is my passion, and I wrote a fairly long book on a simple subject. Consequently, the book is a lighthearted 55 page read with dozens of photos in it to let you follow along. Don’t expect a 400 page tome that you will have to memorize. This is a book designed for the common man to go out and get-er-done! This is a light read, written for a fun and easy project. So go swarm trap. Save the bees, save the world. Good beekeeping!
What this book will teach you
This book is easy to understand, with dozens of pictures on how to hang boxes to transfer bees. Packed FULL of tips and tricks like why to use old wood vs new wood, and to hang traps on lone trees in fields.
You will learn the important aspects of swarm trapping to make you successful in catching bees:
- How to build a swarm trap
- How to bait a swarm trap
- How to manage multiple traps easily
- Where to place swarm traps for improving your chances
- How to avoid swarm traps crashing
- When to put swarm traps out
- When to pick swarm traps up
- How to avoid several pitfalls of swarm trapping
- PLUS lots and lots of other little things that will improve your chances of catching swarms in your traps…
Top Bar Hive or Langstroth Options
Very simple to change a trap from one to the other. After all, I’m a TBH guy so I’m not going to forget my fellow TBH converts!
Buy the Swarm Trapping Book! (or e-book)
Paper copy is $17.95 and the e-book is $9.75