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  1. #1
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    Default Craig's List for swarm calls

    Somewhere, someone suggested using www.craigslist.org to post swarms found or swarm removal services. I searched this forum but came up empty. The idea sounds intriguing, but I have two problems.

    First, my closest craig's list center is 100 miles away in St. Louis. Not pratical to drive that far.

    Second, if I had a swarm, is craig's list the appropriate forum? How many of you actually sit by your computer and search for swarms? I get most of my referrals from the police department and the conservation department.

    Anyone using craig's list? I even searched for honey and bees and came up with a couple of hits.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

  2. #2
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    I doubt that you will get too many if any people posting on craigslist for swarm removal. They usually go to the yellow pages first or call the cops or fire dept.

    I have seen many postings on these forums for areas...so this would be your best bet as far as I am concerned.

  3. #3
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    On the Dallas criagslist I see homeowners posting about swarms they have and want a beekeeper to come and get them. You can contact craigslist and they will set up a closer city link for you.

    EX.

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/zip/704537884.html

  4. #4
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    my experience with Craig's list is that people go there for free stuff when it comes to bees. I can't afford to do extractions for free. Some swarms aren't free either.
    Last edited by MollySue'sHoney; 06-12-2008 at 10:46 AM. Reason: correction
    Lawrence Underwood / Mobile, Alabama http://mollysueshoney.blogspot.com

  5. #5
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    I have an add on Craigslist http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/wan/710373417.html, and I get a bunch of mail/calls from it. I even get calls from across the country (No, I won't drive to new york for a swarm, no matter how big you say it is.)

    It's a nice way to occasionally get good calls.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

  6. #6
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    Default Ya gotta read his link!

    xC0000005 - that is a great posting on Craig's list!

  7. #7
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    Default Craig's List for Swarm

    Craigslist Greenville, SC had a swarm posting this morning for Gaffney, SC.
    dm

  8. #8
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    xC0000005 - that is a great posting on Craig's list! I not only second this but I think that is the best thing I've read all year!!!

    You should be really proud of that.

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    Great add...some great lines...

    "but in the event that Al Gore wasn't high on crack and it eventually does warm up"

    "If you are a nubile young cheerleader you can feel free to mail me, swarm or not."

    You guys gotta read this. Hey xC0000005 mind if I steal some of your lines?

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    I have had swarm calls from this forum. Are you listed here?

  11. #11
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    I can't actually stop you from using my lines, if I so desired.

    I get a lot of mail saing "Hi - I don't have a swarm, but if I do I'm certain I'm going to call you." Promises, Promises.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

  12. #12
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    Default Great ad, xC0000005

    That's one swell ad there, I have to agree, but I would have expected it from the author of http://www.voiceofthehive.com/ . A great collection of bee stories, should be required reading.

  13. #13
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    Default craigslist

    Most of the calls I get from Craigs list are for cut outs.Usually the person has gotten three or four estimates to remove them and want them taken out for free.Here in L A there are hundreds and hundreds of feral bee hives.I have picked up 17 swarms this year starting in Febuary.
    kirkobeeo
    I like bugs

  14. #14
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    Default Craigslist

    I've had swarm calls from craigslist, just because the listed city isn't near you doesn't mean the people who use it aren't near you. I've also found a couple of bee hive locations on craigslist.

    When I see a listing for a swarm or colony on the free page I email them with a link to my website, sometimes it pays off. Once I emailed someone who was offering free bees to say, "offering free bees to a beekeeper is like offering free water to a plumber"

    I also get calls from people who have found me on www.ebeehoney.com (thanks Becky)
    http://bees-on-the-net.com/bs
    Bees give me a buzz!

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