Re: Hogan trap; more questions
Are they using an entrance at the base of thet tree? The Hogan trap-out I'm doing now is at the base of a tree. I also have a property owner that wants to seal it up as soon as I'm done and we talked about Great Stuff. I think I"m going to try pea gravel. I bought a bag of it and it has helped greatly at that ground level entry point, and in holding down the plastic and tape. I also had to do bee leak repairs several times. I don't think it affected anything much.
I have removed bees twice now from the same tree. I have 5 full frames of bees. First 3 frames I put into a 4 frame box and they are making a queen--there is a sealed queen cell already.
Last night I removed 2 more frames. Both times I've replaced with 1 frame open brood in hope of drawing out queen (and empty drawn comb). Hasn't happened yet as the frame of open brood I took last night, 3 more open queen cell starts with larvae. I added those 2 to a weak nuk, with double screen for transition between boxes. I used a double piece of lanai screen scrap.
Property owner asked me about plugging it up and I told him I'd find out about that. Good to know Great Stuff doesn't work. Maybe pea gravel and silicone.
I hope so much the queen comes out in my third attempt from last night. I think I will have it pretty depleated with this one. I plan to go back either Wednesday or Friday. I have the tunnel blocked and they are using the cone.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder"--
Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King