Re: How common are swarms in sc pa
Wouldn't a bait box in any area where you see honeybees have a good chance at luring a swarm? That's how I've done bait boxes so far, though I am in the south plus lots of new beekeepers in my area. They are so much fun because they are basically no work and I've never had one leave after it moved in. Unlike cut outs and swarm catches.
My friend called about a huge swarm last September. I got there an hour and 1/2 after she called, and they must have just left. Her description, about the size of 2 basketballs and only 4 feet off the ground. I was so bummed; wasted time rushing home to get box and equipment, driving to site, then back home to unload. I'm going to set up a bait box at that site in spring.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder"--
Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King