How far apart should I put my traps.
I'm building everything I'm able. One of the first things I made was three nuc size swarm traps. I started to do a little beelining last fall to get ready for my first season as a beekeeper but it got cold before I could track them down. I observed their flight paths from my feeding station enough to know that I have at least three colonies within working distance of my back yard. Being the eternal optimist, I'm going to assume that they will all swarm in my direction early in the spring so I can get a head start on filling as many hives as I can build. (I'm also holding my breath that the U.S. government will start working together with each other and other nations to achieve world peace by July.)
I've read some of the other threads and stuff from other resources. I've got lemongrass essential oil and 20 opinions on how to use it and whether I need to. I've read that the traps should be placed anywhere from the top of a car to 10 feet in the air in a tree. I'm probably going to go with strapping them to a tree about 6 feet off the ground. As I said I've read several opinions and I decided to go with a height that won't require me to buy a bigger ladder. That and I don't want to tie up my car for that long. My question is, should I put all three in the same general area? I've got about 200 acres to work with plus another 6 acres in another location. The 200 acres is where I did my beelining.
I spoke to a high school friend of mine who's now the county bee inspector and member of my local beekeepers association. He said that to his knowledge there isn't anyone keeping bees close enough to me for the bees I observed to be anything but feral hives. The six acres is about half wooded mostly oak and maple where I know of at least two small apiaries within a couple miles of me. I may still have time to build more traps although I'm hoping to have at least 10 complete hives built before spring. (I was given a colony in October that had occupied a five gallon bucket, I have someone who's going to let me try a trapout in an historical building in the spring, and a lead on a possible cutout that's in an abandoned building and bothers workers who work next door to it.) Sorry, I'm rambling on.
My question is, does anyone have any insight on how far apart I should place the traps? I'm new so my theory that they don't build next door to each other in the wild is strictly an uneducated guess.
I decided to take up beekeeping in August and I've already forgotten more than I thought I'd ever know about beekeeping. No worries though, it'll sink in eventually.
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