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  1. Re: Losing queens like crazy! A puzzler...

    I would have to say your hives swarmed too. I collected my last swarm last weekend. I was then called out on Monday about bees checking out the eves of a house. They were surely scouts looking for...
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    Re: Bees held for ransom

    Give the guy a call and tell him you will take them off his hands right before he kills them, saving him much time.

    If he is willing to kill them and get nothing for them - then he should be...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call at work today for bees at someone's house. After asking several questions, it was determined that the bees had just started showing up today and were flying around the eves of the house. ...
  4. Re: Labor Day Weekend Cut-Out - Part 1

    Rick,

    Very nice pictures! It was interesting to see the progress. If you don't mind me asking, how much did you charge for the job? It looks like it ended up being bigger than I would have...
  5. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    I just recently had a good "cutout" over the weekend.

    The local pest control company called me Friday morning to tell me there was a swarm on the window of a house in a town a 1/2 hour away. I...
  6. Re: Called for trap out in large tree - trap out now or leave until spring?

    To do a trapout, you are going to have to work on the entrance anyway - so why not adjust the entrance for now? Close up the bottom part of the entrance so they can only use the top 2" or so. That...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Well, I went back on Saturday to get the Reynoldsville swarm. I open up the box - and it's empty. I look under the aluminum siding and see a cluster of bees and notice that many of them seem to be...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    08/27/14 Brookville, PA 15825 The hive beside my sister's house swarmsed. That beekeeper gathered them up.

    08/29/14 Reynoldsville, Pa 15851 I was called out to a house with a swarm of bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Killerbee, I'm not out much other than the bees and a frame of drawn comb.
    What I can't figure out is that box was there ALL summer. Somebody sees me standing by it and within the next 2 or 3...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Well, so much for that swarm. I stopped after work to take a look at the box that sat on top of an electric box. (Out in the middle of no where, but along a road.) As I was standing there watching...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Was on my way to a beemeeting yesterday 08/24/14, and was going to stop to pick up my cheap cardboard box bait trap to take along to show the club "See, a cheap cardboard box trap will last the...
  12. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    There is a beekeeper in our club who does cutouts for free. From my understanding, he gets quite a few calls and I've even given him two different "jobs" I wanted to pass up - both involving trees...
  13. Re: Not catching swarms - what gives?

    As others have said, a Nuc is really too small for a large swarm. While they may come and look, if they find a larger area to occupy than your Nuc, they will go to the larger area.
    So far this...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call late this morning from a church - they had a swarm of bees on their steps. I went over to collect them, and they were on the stone wall of the church with some of the swarm on the step. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Our RZR was down for over a week, so I was unable to check my one swarm trap that can only be reached by walking or by utility vehicle.

    We got our RZR back today, so I went to check on this swarm...
  16. Re: Does his look like what I think?

    Well, at least he was one of the HUNDREDS that got chosen. I'm sure there are many drones that never get to complete their "mission". And in the Fall, they are kicked out to die anyhow.

    He will...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    "Runny, dirty Italians?" Please explain what that means.
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    Swarm

    Just received my 2nd swarm call of the season - the first one ended with the bees taking off before I got there.
    A nice 3 pound swarm hanging on a Red Maple 5' off the ground. Dumped them into a...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Received a call this afternoon about a swarm. Got the information and went to the house. 3 pound swarm haning on a Red Maple 5' high.
    Knocked them into a cardboard box, dumped them into the hive,...
  20. Re: scout bees cleaning out a (potential) new siteż

    sweettooth, what I meant is if you don't have any other swarm bait hives in the area where you caught this one, make sure you put another one up. You could get a secondary swarm from the original...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I checked another bait hive tonight that I haven't looked at for the past 1 1/2 weeks. As I approached, I saw a few bees going in - and they didn't do the usual scout thing (flying around the front...
  22. Re: Hive not tended too for 6 years

    I once got a call from someone who had bought a new place (I had advertised in the paper for swarms) that they had a beehive in the yard - and I could come get it if I wanted it. I asked questions...
  23. Re: scout bees cleaning out a (potential) new siteż

    Congratulations! My bait hive that was busy with bees had a swarm move in to it yesterday. Oddly enough, there are still bees checking out the first hive so fingers crossed.

    Make sure you...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Success with a bait hive (See post # 2310).
    Swarm moved in 06/18/14. I didn't look yet to see how big of swarm it is.
    Rain in the morning with the sun coming out and getting humid in the...
  25. Re: scout bees cleaning out a (potential) new siteż

    You just never know for sure if a swarm will take a up new home - until they actually do it.

    I've been tricked a couple of times thinking "Lot's of bees are checking it out, it won't be long...
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