Re: Swarm Trap complete!
This coming spring will be my first time setting swarm traps, and I will be placing them along a creek that is well used by the bees (berry blossom) in the spring. I have also located bee trees in the area. The funny thing is this, almost all the bee trees I have found, the hive entrance is less than 6' from the ground, one was about 1' from the ground, the one by my house is about 6' from the ground, another in the creek is about 2' off the ground and then my irrigation box hive that was under ground!! Then again, while dropping off a jar of honey to a "customer" that called me to collect a swarm out of her rose bush I looked at the rose bush and then looked straight up at a eucalyptus tree and seen where my "swarm" came from, a nice healthy population of bees using an entrance no less than 30' up from the ground!! Guess where a swram trap will be going next year!!
And like what was mentioned, setting swarm traps is going to be like fishing, you may limit out, or get skunked...........but that one time that I check a trap and its active, it will make it all worth the while!!
Coyote Creek Bees - Beekeeping for 2 years. Number of hives - 17
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