Re: Hogan Style Trapout in a Hickory Tree
I love seeing these traps. Best of luck getting that queen.
This thread brought a thought to mind. once the bees get trapped out of the tree. they have lost all of their honey, brood etc inside the tree. Is that so? I can see that saving the brood could be dealt with by simply letting them continue for 21 days after you know the queen has moved to the trap. I was thinking you might start getting the honey as well if you just keep adding empty comb every few days. Will the bees start moving the honey closer to where the brood is being laid?
One reason I am thinking about this is that I am starting to run adds for bee removal in my area. I suspect to be finding lots of bees in homes and other structures. I like the trap out for removing the bees and the threat they pose to the customer real or just perceived. Also removing the bees from the comb opens up a lot more possibilities in how to remove the comb. If there is a way to get the bees in the trap to rob out the old comb it would be even better.
I also realize that any trap only accomplishes so much. So I am not suggesting this trap be improved to do the impossible. just wondering if it does have any effect on also getting the honey the last of the brood etc from the hive or if that still requires a cut out.
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