My italian hive swarmed 75 feet + into an Oak tree - way out on a limb - yesterday afternoon. There is NO WAY to get up there - we've puzzled and puzzled on that one.
This morning I put out three "swarm traps" (two made out of hive bodies each with a couple of old super frames and a couple of foundation frames) two of these - one on my porch and one on a tall stool out on a hill above the bee yard and a crazy attempt at a "swarm trap" made out of a cardboard box, also with a frame of old super comb. I hung that one about 15 feet in the air off a tree. All traps have cottonball lemongrass. Bees were checking out all three of these traps. I can't swear which bees they were, obviously, but they looked like italians.
Again, this swarm happened yesterday. Last night temps got into the high 40's. Today it was beautiful in the morning and got to 72 degrees. Bees checking out my "traps" but no dice. Now it is 50 degrees and forecaset is RAIN! Tonight!
Why do my bees hate coming down so much? Poor kids - when the weather changed a strong breeze came up and was baning them aound in that tree like crazy? What else can I do to get them down?!