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  1. #1
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    Default "Blind" trapping

    Is there any need in putting up swarm traps in areas where there are not beekeepers? I can't remember the last time I saw a wild/feral hive.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: "Blind" trapping

    I am catching swarms in areas that in the middle of nowhere and the landowners don't know of any beekeepers anywhere near. You might just get surprised. I'm on number 15 now.
    Good luck.

  3. #3
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    Casey, Il, USA
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    Default Re: "Blind" trapping

    I'm doing a trapout in. Guys wall and the closest neigbbor is 1.5 miles away and the closest beekeeper is apx 12 miles away so I would say there are a few out there

  4. #4
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: "Blind" trapping

    > I can't remember the last time I saw a wild/feral hive.

    I see them all the time... they are the ones I hope to catch. Yes, I would put up traps. The bees will surprise you.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Default Re: "Blind" trapping

    Okay, guess I'll give it a try. Do you guys just use a Nuc baited with LGO?

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    Jackson, MO
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    Default Re: "Blind" trapping

    Several years ago, Hurrican Ike swung up through the gulf of Mexico, swept over Texas and blew right over the bootheel of Missouri. Dozens of stately old trees were wiped in the city of Cape Girardeau. The homeowners called me and pretty much all said, "We had a tree do down last night and the bees moved in...even built comb you can see where the tree split. You need to come get them before the tree trimmers clean up the mess."

    I suggested the bees had already been there, but they said, "No way. We never, ever saw a bee in the yard."

    Long story short, by the time the insurance adjusters came to authorize the tree trimmer's work, the small hive beetles moved in and decimated most of these bee trees.

    I'd put up the traps...kind of like fishing. Who would say, "Don't put out the bait, there's no fish in that lake!"

    There are many tips in this resource for trapping ferals: https://www.createspace.com/4106626


    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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