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.
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.