Caught 3 swarms yesterday, but all had recently swarmed and came without resisting. However, last week I lost two swarms because when I started climbing the ladder, it shook the tree a little, and a few bees took to the air. These few bees coerced the others into thinking it was time to go... so the whole swarm took off down the street, never to be heard of again. These swarms that I lost had probably been there for a few days- I just happened to see each one while messing with another swarm. Anyone have an idea on how to catch a jittery swarm?
Yesterday I made me up a "butterfly net" type of swarm catcher for REALLY high swarms. I bent a hanger in a circle and sewed camo netting onto the hanger with nearly 3 feet of net dangling. I twisted the hanger end onto a long, thin, cut tree trunk, and it worked like a charm getting one swarm. I think a jittery swarm would just fly out of my net though, before I could lower it and close it off.