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  1. #1
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    Default can you catch a swarm in the rain?

    trying to go get a swarm in a dogwood tree and now it is raining can i still get them and should i catch them and put them in a box or bucket?

  2. #2
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    May 2012
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    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: can you catch a swarm in the rain?

    I've captured them in a misty rain before. Pretty easy when you can remove the branch they are on. One good shake and they are in the box ready to go.
    Post pics.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2012
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    Earlysville, Virginia USA
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    Default Re: can you catch a swarm in the rain?

    You bet! Get them in a hive as quick as possible. I would think that you will have less absconding risk as they won't be able to fly out looking for a better home.

  4. #4
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    May 2011
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    Whitefish, MT
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    Default Re: can you catch a swarm in the rain?

    It seems kind of dumb now but last year while attempting to catch a swarm I learned the very valuable lesson that wet leather gloves do not stop bees from stinging you hands! Got stung about 10-15 times on one hand. My hand swelled up and had to use pliers to get the glove off.

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