Re: Hi from Phoenix
Go to Walmart and for a few bucks you can buy a face net in the camping section. Then buy one of those really cheap Styrofoam coolers, some glue and some pop sickle sticks in the hobby section of Walmart. total cost should be around ten bucks.
Go home and take the cooler and flip the lid. On the inside of the lid push a pop stick into the lid to make an impression. Do this about every inch and a half front to back. Take your glue and place some in the impressions and then place a stick in each line of glue. Let dry. On the bottom side of one of the short sides drill a one 3/4 inch hole close to the bottom. Mist the inside of the hive with sugar water..and lemongrass oil if you have it.
Don your head net, put on a couple of layers of cloths, gloves and take the cooler and a brush (wisk broom will work or any kind of soft bristle brush) and go to your swarm. Now if the swarm is on a branch you can cut then carefully cut the branch off, place it so the majority of the bees are hanging in the cooler and give it a quick shake. The bees should fall into the cooler. Do this again till the majority are in the hive. Place the cover on the cooler and place the branch in front of the hive. You have just hived your first swarm.
If they are just hanging, you can gently brush them from the tree or whatever into the cooler with your hand (fingers like a rake).
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