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  1. #1
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    Sad What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    One of my hives swarned yesterday and they are about 70 feet up a large oak tree. I put a couple of extra swarm traps out and baited them. Is there anything else I could do? Similar situation a couple years ago and I shot the branch down, but that didn't get me the swarm. It is my strongest hive, right in the middle of the flow.

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Throw it a kiss goodbye.

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Maybe try this method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FAiOB9MzIY

    Although that it is still probably too high.

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    As David says - kiss it goodbye.

    I have seen this problem many times having lots of mature oaks all around the beeyard. One year I even tried raising a bait hive to within a couple of feet and they still flew away - we shot an arrow with attached string/rope across the limb.

    I am going to try hanging a black beanie hat on a low branch to act as a lure. I saw this in another thread just a couple of days ago.
    Bee all you can Bee!
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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Get out your rifle or wave it good by. I just wave at them and call them Mother Natures Bees now.
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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    I call one of the local beekeepers that has a sign company and a bucket truck. He put me in the bucket to get 3 colonies out of one tree one day.
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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    find somebody with a bucket truck ..... quick .

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    I like queen juice (old queens in alcohol) but you can buy some bee boost from mann lake for QMP. A little QMP (I dip one end of a q-tip in the queen juice or use 1/4 of one of the Bee Boost pieces) and a q-tip dipped in Lemongrass essential oil put in an old well used hive will get them into a hive most of the time. I always have both on hand and always take both to a swarm call.
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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    I was told to do this in a case like this. Never had the opportunity to try it but he said he used it and had 50/50 success. Take a aluminum pan and a wooden spoon only and beat the pan with it in front of the hive for 3 to 5 min. He had bees for 50 yr. What does it hurt to try it let us know if it works and yes he was serious.

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    we shot a string on an arrow and pulled up some frames for them to use and when they are on the frames puleed it back down

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    I am afraid 70 ft. up is a bridge too far unless as already mentioned, you can get access to a bucket truck. I have captured swarms as high as 25 to 30 ft. I had my daughter steady a ladder and I used a Hipps swarm retriever mounted on 2 push broom poles hose clamped together.

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/270/

    Worked like a champ and worth every penny.

    Don't look at it so much as the loss of a swarm as opposed to one of a small few swarms that are sents back to the wild. Feral and wild bees have their valuable place on that environmental chain.

    I have lost a swarm or 2 that was beyond reach and I expect will loose more in the future. It is part of beekeeping and one of the primary reasons I became a beekeeper...........to restablish honey bees in my area which was almost totally void of them before I got started.

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Riverrat, what you describe is called "tanging" and is an old technique. My 97 1/2 year old mentor swears by it, too. He swears it can help a swarm LAND if they are flying by, and when hiving a swarm, moves them inside faster. It does seem to help. He tells me that the sounds interrupt their communication and they all settle down since the "Leave! Swarm! Fly!" message can't be heard. I have no proof.

    Bees that high up are what sqkcrk here called "Mother Nature's" bees. I call them "God's" bees -- same thing. I just wave good bye and think about more European genetics flying out to help "cool" the AHB in my area. Wild bees need to grow their populations, too.

    If CCD is a nationwide horror, and a swarm got away . . . it's like releasing an endangered species animal into the wild to help boost the numbers, right?

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    All good suggestions, Thank You. They were gone when I got home yesterday. I hope they found a good home.

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Love the video of the water jug on the stick. I have two snow rakes for winter. They come with 8 foot poles that snap into each other. I can easily snap together 50 feet and they a designed to hold a load, because they have to hold up pulling snow.

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Quote Originally Posted by JC55 View Post
    we shot a string on an arrow and pulled up some frames for them to use and when they are on the frames puleed it back down
    So....adding "compound bow" to my list of swarm supplies......

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Quote Originally Posted by mothergoosemagic View Post
    So....adding "compound bow" to my list of swarm supplies......
    +1, wife will love that. "But honey, I need it for the bees..."

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    Default Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    +1, wife will love that. "But honey, I need it for the bees..."
    yeah, that's how I got most of my equipment for my woodshop.

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