Hello to all:
Had my first 2011 swarm yesterday, it was a big one. My scouts did a very, very poor job for me. I had 6 traps set out in a big radius, and many clean, extra box hives all in my bee yard.
What did they do ?? They circled a few times, selected a bent sweetgum tree about 100 yards SW, and landed near the top, which was a good 70-80 feet high.
I took a box down and placed it on a tub underneath them, and baited it will lemon oil. I also beat on a pot, and believe it or not, some came to me and stung me. I stayed with my box all morning till noon, ate, came back. At this time, the box was covered with bees, and lots were coming down. The main body of bees would not come down, tho.
The swarm stayed in top of the tree all day, all night, and they left before noon the next day. I hated to loose them, had lots of money tied up in equipment, syrup, and pollen patties. I know that's the name of the game.
I think I'm going to study the info on how to prevent swarms, even tho I need to expand my hive count. Guess I'll have to learn how to make splits, and do that to. Sure hate to lose any bees.
Anyone chime in and lend any help, info, advice and it would be most welcome.