Swarm Traps working – 2 more caught

2011
04.19

Mailed off my state sales taxes today, on the way home I checked on 3 swarm traps.  Two have caught swarms, traps T4 & T12, as I saw lots of activity and foragers bringing in pollen.  I love swarm traps!  Good think I’m writing a book on it and making a DVD. Book should be done within 2 months.

 

Anyway, of my 30 swarm traps, 5 of sidelined. Either waiting for swap outs (2), or to be repaired (3) and put in service.  I haven’t checked some  since I hung them.Swarm Traps catch bees, do you have some?

 

So that brings my trap count up to 4 plus one manually caught swarm. That puts me at 16% success rate and the flow isn’t even here yet.  This bone dry spring is really hurting the bees, last year we had a banner year.  This year my lawn is brown and the only thing growing is in my little hydroponics in my backyard.

Dry Spring and only the hydroponics are doing well.

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8 Responses to “Swarm Traps working – 2 more caught”

  1. Chuckarama says:

    I think swarm trapping is a good beekeeper service, especially if you’re in an urban or suburban area. There’s been a lot of noise lately, especially about urban beekeeping, and suburban beekeeping and they have become extremely popular. Municipalities have been changing rules to allow backyard and rooftop beekeeping. One of the problems that will develop from that is the nuisance complaints as swarms begin moving into unwanted crevices in homes, sheds, playhouses and all the other places bees find to their tastes. While they’re wonderful creatures, they can easily be seen as a pest, if they’re unwanted and uninvited. Sometimes removing them after they’ve setup shop in someones home, it can be costly to remove them and repair the damage.

    Your swarm traps have just prevented at least two more colonies from potentially becoming perceived as pests, and has them on their way to becoming productive members of your neighborhood. I wish more beekeepers would set swarm traps around their area.

  2. George says:

    I caught a swarm and trapped them in a super with frames.

    How long do I lock them in? I fed them at night to prevent mass exodus and have a Broadman feeder attached. They are pretty revved up today.

    Source-stuck to a garage door/wall upper corner. Didn’t bring bee brush and had to pull them off by hand. Seemed pretty docile. The handful that are not in the box but gathered under the box didn’t seem to be wanting to attack. Only stings were on gloves.

    So, now what? The usual 7 days?

  3. mccartney says:

    I’d move them to your outyard and open them up quickly. They should already have built comb and they will likely stay now. If you have a frame of brood with eggs from another hive, i’d give it to them to anchor them.

  4. George says:

    Only have one other starter hive. No frame with brood available. We’ll see what happens.

    I have some burr comb in the bottom. When do you suggest I open the hive and go fishing? My plan is to put a new baseboard under the current brood box. This will hopefully make it a simple change and removal at the same time.

  5. George says:

    Update: They left.

    Looks like there is a much smaller hive now where I found them. Looks like the queen got away. Once the lemon balm was cleaned out there was nothing to keep them. I’ll try again tomorrow.

  6. Jason says:

    How often do you check your traps? And how long do you leave them in there prior to taking to their new home? I promise I will still buy your book if you give me this info…. :)

  7. mccartney says:

    Using traps with frames is key. With frames, you should check your traps every week. But as a busy guy, every 2 weeks is what I do. If you had the crappy paper traps, you need to check them every 2 days.

  8. Thank You! I can’t wait to get some honey, too! I don’t expect we will get any this year, but I will try to do a video when we add the honey super and exaplin that to you a bit. I hope I don’t steer you wrong .I have so much to learn myself! :0)

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