Re: Trap Out
Put a swarm trap up near your trapout. Sometimes the hive realizes that they're hopeless and they abscond. If they do, hopefully they'll move into your trap.
You will not lose the honey. Do the trap out and once there are no more bees leaving your screen cone, give them a week or two to settle in your bait hive. Add some supers to your bait hive, preferably with drawn comb, and remove the screen cone from the trapped out hive. Your bait hive will then rob the honey from the trapped out hive and store it in your supers. Other local hives will probably join in the fun.
That hive in the house will be a beacon for future swarms and if it cannot be removed you may be doing this trap out again. Seal it up as best you can and see if the home owner will let you put swarm traps nearby, one right next to the old entrance, to entice future swarms into your traps and not in the house. You'll probably find that this is a great swarm trap location in the future.
Last edited by beyondthesidewalks; 06-16-2011 at 08:42 AM.
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