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  1. Re: How to remove bees from pine tree

    How high up is the entrance? If it's low - not having to use a ladder - a trap out would be your best option. If it's high - 6' or higher, the bees really shouldn't be a concern because of the...
  2. Re: Issues with Doing Cut-Out of Hive Recently Sprayed with Wasp Killer?

    You have to remember, that most of the time, where they are spraying doesn't hit directly to where the bees are. Some of the bees die from it, as they are leaving or coming, right after it's...
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    Re: Hide those bees!

    Charlestonbee's heirs will thank him for being so kind in keeping the property while the value goes up.
    Once he is gone, they can cash in and can live the good life.

    It's a never ending cycle -...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Sunday June 12 Timblin, PA 15778

    Received a call about a swarm that was on a bush that arrived Saturday.

    Arrived and found the swarm hanging on a bush. HUGE swarm - probably 5# - 6#. I...
  5. Re: Queenless Package arrived today- Help!!!

    I hope you mean you shook all of the bees out of the hive and then installed the queen (still in her queen cage)!
  6. Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    I would think at this point, you are better off leaving it alone. Get permission from the landowner (or others around) and put up swarm traps.

    Eventually you will get free bees year after year...
  7. Re: Trap out right after a swarm left?

    Right after a swarm would be the perfect time to do a trap-out. Chances are when the virgin queen goes on her mating flight and then can't get back in, she would go into the hive with the rest of...
  8. Re: Filling hole in tree after trapout

    Depending on if you can get to the cavity (perhaps drilling a few holes), you could spray expanding foam in it to fill up the cavity. I would think any expanded foam that is outside the tree (in the...
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    Re: Trespassers - liability?

    It does reduce the likelihood of copperheads when the mower goes over them and chops them up!
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    Re: Trespassers - liability?

    Kind of double edged sword - isn't it.

    You want to advertise that there are bees present - so if anyone is allergic they stay away.

    At the same time, you advertise that there are bees present -...
  11. Re: Secret to successful Baithive trapping - Firewood, driftwood, bark

    It does make sense.

    In the wild, bees usually choose a hollow tree. Most of the time, there is wood below their hole, and wood above their hole. Many times (but not always) there are tree...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Brookville, PA 15825 05/29/16

    Happened to be shopping in Punxsutawney, PA 15767 today, when I got a call about a bee swarm in Brookville. Finished shopping and stopped at a property I have in...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Sykesville, PA 15865 05/27/16

    Got a call this morning for a swarm in Sykesville in a Crabapple Tree about 6' off the ground. I told the owner I was interested, but I wouldn't be up until after...
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    Re: Great year for swarms

    I checked the one hive that was a deadout this winter at my outyard - and I had moved it 2 weeks ago. I dropped a hived swarm there the other night and noticed said empty hive now has a colony...
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    Re: I scored 5 acres

    I added an outyard several years ago. Where I live, the area is farmed with mostly corn and soybean, so other than the woods and pastures, nectar and pollen can be limited.

    I noticed a 100 +...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    I just checked lastnight on a swarm trap I put at somebody's house last week because they had noticed some bees inspecting their house and had previously had a swarm in the walls.
    Sure enough,...
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    Re: Swarm Trapping in SE PA

    Sounds like you are doing everything right - but I think drawn comb is really the best lure. But the lemongrass oil should help.
    Here in North-West PA, it has been a busy two weeks with swarm...
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    Great year for swarms

    Wow! This has been a great year for swarms.
    So far, I've captured at least 8 swarms and had 3 move into swarm traps. One just happened today - yesterday I saw quite a few bees checking it out -...
  19. Re: using deeps, mediums, and shallow boxes in my bee yard

    In my bee club, most of the officers have gone to only using mediums on everything. The one guy says as you get older, the deeps just get too heavy.

    I can see his point - I'm middle aged and the...
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    Re: God gave me an answer

    Regardless of anyone's religious opinion, Mr. Bailey was meant to get back into beekeeping.

    I always say "Everything happens for a reason."
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Summerville, PA 15864 05/23/16 Got a call about a swarm of bees on (or in) a barn. Went to check it out. The owners say they saw a swarm fly through about a week ago, land onto the side of the...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    I went back on Friday 05/20/16 at dark to the hive I left under the forsythia bush. No bees were in the bush and all were in the hive. It was brought home and added to my home yard. I got a call...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Clarion, PA 16214

    Got a call from a guy that had a swarm on a bush about 3' off the ground. Rather than running home and getting an empty hive, my plan was to dump them into a cardboard box and...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Brookville, PA 15825

    Got a call this morning from a guy that found a swarm of bees on his forsythia bush. I went out with a hive - and there is a 2 - 3 pound cluster hanging very low on the bush....
  25. Re: New queen - she only lays one frame!

    If I were you, I would do four things.
    1. Take ready to hatch brood out of the best hive to increase the number of bees in the weak hive. Continue to do this every week.
    2. Pinch the queen in...
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