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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Reynoldsville, PA 15851

    About two weeks ago, a man called me about bees in a house he was tearing down. He said comb was exposed and easy to get to. The comb was there but no bees - apparently...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I stopped after work to check out the swarm and see how high it was in the tree. I knocked on the door of the people to show me where the swarm was and we went out "They aren't there now."

    I had...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Received my 2nd for the season swarm call from people who have a bee tree near their house. I always have a bait trap out and last year they moved in and produced very well.

    It seems this swarm...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    My first swarm call of the season!!!!! Knoxdale, PA

    Good sized swarm about 5' high in a bush.
    Put them into a hive and then went back tonight to pick it up.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Finally, a swarm in Pennsylvania.

    Lastnight on the news, they mentioned about a swarm of bees on (ironically enough) B Street!!!

    This was either in Altoona or Johnstown.

    Maybe I will start...
  6. Re: MANY, MANY Swarms this year. Would you agree?

    No swarms around here that I've heard of. In fact, I haven't heard of ANY swarms in Pennsylvania yet. The closest I've seen is Ohio.
  7. Re: My swarm is now in a bee tree

    I agree with Cleo, leave them alone and just keep swarm traps out in the area - you will have a constant supply of new swarms.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Any one from Pennsylvania hear of any swarms yet?

    Our dandelions just really started blooming earlier this week and this weekend and next week it is to be hot and humid - so I would think at...
  9. Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    I have to agree with Michael Palmer - so all the swarms that go feral (not kept by beekeepers and not in movable frames) are all inferior?

    By those standards - apparently any feral bees out...
  10. Re: Swarms: pheromones, lay lines, weather conditions, oddities, and unique occurence

    I would think the reason there are still bees there, are swarms. Back in the day when your great, great grandfather lived, beekeepers didn't always keep their hives from swarming.

    Since swarms...
  11. Re: I think my hive swarmed - when can I open it up to check?

    I would be very surprised if your hive swarmed and moved into a box close to their old hive.

    Most times, swarms will make a new home quite aways away from the original hive. Nature has made them...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    Cheap, huh? Do a Google for "Cardboard box swarm trap".

    I saw this on the internet and thought "Can't get much cheaper than free."

    Working in an office environment, I can get all the paper...
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    Re: Fantastic phone call

    Glad that it's a win / win for both of you!

    Check just how bad the hives are - strength wise. If the hives are dryrotted / rotten, trying to strap them together will just result in more of a...
  14. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Yes, sadly that is normal - bees die throughout the winter and accumulate at the bottom - this is one very good reason to have a small entrance above the bees - not only does it help with moisture,...
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    Re: Scout Bees

    I think if bees are flying by and "smell" either old comb or some kind of scent - lemongrass oil / queen juice they will stop to investigate.

    But as for them seeking new homes all the time? No. ...
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    Re: Scout Bees

    I think if bees are flying by and "smell" either old comb or some kind of scent - lemongrass oil / queen juice they will stop to investigate.

    But as for them seeking new homes all the time? No. ...
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    Re: Pinch or keep?

    I say "Pinch her". There are several holes she missed!!

    Get some daughters from her and see if they are great layers too. Very nice.
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    Re: So..what happened?

    I think at one time or another, all beekeepers have had this happen. My guess would be be between the time they went into the hive, quite a few scouts had come back from hunting their prime site and...
  19. Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    Will you even be able to pack up the hives and move as is, or are you going to have to transfer them into new boxes? For no one in the hives for several years, you can pretty much expect that the...
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    Re: Lost Big Swarm

    casper, while it's disappointing to lose a swarm, one way to look at it is your bees are creating colonies out in the wild.
    If they survive next year, some of your progeny may be back to move into...
  21. Re: Trapout side of hill. Looking for advice. **Picture**

    I think I wouldn't mess with them anymore. Add an extra hive body on and let them move up into it. Once the queen is up in it, put a queen excluder between the boxes and once the bottom box (with...
  22. Swarm traps - how do you hang / install

    My swarm traps usually consist of a 10 frame deep. I've duct taped the bottom board and lid to the hive when having to install up high. (Tree stand, porch roof, etc.) Taking them up empty is alot...
  23. Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Now guys, if we are really going to be scientific about this, I believe you need to have 3 traps - all 3 traps the same size, same height, with the same amount of drawn frames / empty frames in each...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Checked the other hive which was one deep hive that a swarm had moved into last year. Sadly they were dead - but there is still honey in the hive. There were dead bees out in the snow in front of...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Out of 11 hives, I've checked 10 - only 1 has died. I need to check the one other one in a different location.
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