Re: How far will a swarm travel?
In his book on swarm research Dr. Seely found that bees would travel a few hundred yards to six miles. It is the quality of the new home (swarm trap) that seems to make them want to stay. If you have an apiary 2 miles down the road and there are 3 quality places for them to make a new hive between the apiary and your swarm trap your chances are slim.
Bottom line is more traps equal more chances. Like fishing, the more lines in the water the more fish in the basket.
I have ten traps deployed over a very large area of southern Vermont. Too early for us here but they are sitting there and ready. Fishing!
Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
USDA Zone 5A