Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts
    1,973

    Default Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    I'm just trying bait hives/swarm traps for the first time this year, and I'm wondering:

    What has been your best bait hive location? Was it in a tree? In the open? In town? Country? Where?

    I'm really having a hard time trusting a location, and I'm looking to get a sense of what others have found to be most successful.

    Thanks,

    Adam

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Barry, TX USA
    Posts
    861

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    My most prolific location is in the split of a two trunk tree in front of a friends cattle pasture. 3 seasons with 4 swarms. The trap is only 7 feet in the air and facing due south. Somewhere around his place there is a feral swarm that gets after it. Nice, gentle and prolific bees. I have had success there using new and used bait hives/swarm traps there. Other locations have only been successful with previously successful swarm traps (It's my theory that a swarm trap that has caught bees already, even in a previous season, is more attractive to scout bees.) or only two or three swarms caught since I've been trapping.
    When you stop learning you're dead.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Summerville Ga. USA
    Posts
    116

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    I caught a swarm off a grocery cart at Walmart 2 years ago. The best part of it was watching the customers reaction as they realized what I was doing. Especially the assistant manager they sent out to help me. I wish I had done a viedo.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    San Bernardino County California
    Posts
    168

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    My most successful location is where I store my extra brood boxes. I had a nice swarm fly in over my shoulder this morning.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Jackson, MO
    Posts
    1,858

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    Downtown Cape Girardeau, MO. Lots of old buildings, many of them vacant. Lots of tall trees, many of them hollow.

    Second best location is along any country creek where the trees grow pretty thick providing shelter and shade next to an open field or pasture.

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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    San Mateo, CA
    Posts
    4,799

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    Close to any other beekeeper's yard.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Escondido, CA
    Posts
    23

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    I recently built five top bar bait hives. I strategically set them where I believed they would be most successful. The first few were in "choice" spots. The last one was an afterthought..I just screwed it to a palm tree facing down hill. That's the one that caught the swarm.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Eugene, Or
    Posts
    97

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    Is that down there to the left or right of that big rock?

    Sorry, good question. I am planning on getting some boxes ready this year for next - shadded areas on the side of fields or open areas with good accesss to water seems key here. Does height off the ground seem to play a roll?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Hudson, Indiana
    Posts
    8

    Default Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    Stack some old bee boxes in your backyard, go away and forget about them. The bees will come.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads