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  1. #1
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    Default No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    Two days ago I noticed a swarm crawling in to a hole in my house. Listening very carefully, I think I have found the bees under the floor in my daughters room. (I can actually hear them walking around). After talking to various people who said they couldn't help and that the easiest solution would be to exterminate them... I found one that suggested a trap out. I think I can do it. I have always liked the idea of keeping bees and this seems like an excellent start to the hobby... however, I have zero knowledge past what I have been googling over the past 24 hours. My question is what supplies will I absolutely need? I have read that I must have a eggs and a queen but I don't know where I can obtain those. Buying a box is easy enough, setting up the tunnel screen is a breeze... but after that I am lost. I just need suggestions and direction... I live in Bonham, Texas (Fannin County). I do not know any beekeepers in my remote area.

    Thanks tons for any help you can give... I can't have the bees living in my home but I absolutely don't want them killed either.

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    Welcome to Beesource!

    You may find these threads useful:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ut-from-a-tree
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?265612-trap-out

    You can send your email address to Cleo Hogan (see the second thread) for a copy of his trapout guide.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    Thank you. Super informative. If only I can get my hands on brood... that would be key, right? This is a neat trapout system though and I could definitely implement it.

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    > If only I can get my hands on brood... that would be key, right?

    One [longer term] possibility is to purchase just a queen once your trap has accumulated some bees. Take those bees and your purchased queen to a separate hive. Once they are established, now you have a source of brood to complete the trapout from your house.

    You can also set up swarm traps in the hope that swarms may move in. If they do, again a source of brood.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    As someone told me when I got started: Read, read, read. There is enough info out there for you to become a beekeeper. I would recommend top-bar beekeeping because I know what is like to try and help the bees, become a beekeeper and BUY all the equipment. My first hive cost me about $50 to build from NEW wood. I spent too much time and money. The second hive I built using salvaged wood from a demolished house. It is 30 bar (40+") long, built in two days and cost $10. I got my brother to buy my suit for $40 and my sister bought me a smoker for $40. I owe them two jars of honey when I start to harvest.

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    @DrDoorlock, I (I mean my husband) will investigate top-bar beekeeping. You are right about the expense. I am extremely intimidated by all of it at this moment. Thank you... a lot!

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
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    You can also set up swarm traps in the hope that swarms may move in. If they do, again a source of brood.
    One thing at a time. Beekeeping jargon is a foreign language at this point.... I want to at least be able to read one full paragraph on any page or forum and actually understand what it is saying.

    Buy a queen? From what I am reading... if I were to do the Cleo Hogan method, with a tube joining the bee hole to the new box... there is a chance I could convince the queen out of this hive with a brood in the new hive. Ideally, it would be best to keep this queen, wouldn't it? She is a feral, strong queen and would produce strong bees... but again, I have only just started reading up on beekeeping and I am feeling overwhelmed with it all.

    Thanks a ton for the suggestion though and it may come down to that if I can't figure out a person (semi) locally who would share their brood with me.

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    David
    Thanks. I did not know that

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    >One thing at a time. Beekeeping jargon is a foreign language at this point.... I want to at least be able to read one full paragraph on any page or forum and actually understand what it is saying.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesterms.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    I'm not far away from you in Bells, Texas. Good luck with that trap out!

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