Last week I posted about a swarm (or scouts for a swarm) attempting to enter a large Oak wine barrel on our front porch. After covering the bung hole to the barrel and placing a box nearby with frames in it, the bees vanished.
Today they came back we think. There were perhaps a few hundred flying at the back of the house. I re-baited the box with Lemongrass Oil scent, and have 5 frames in it. Then there is a Nuc, no frames and no scent in a close location. We also have another deep with frames and foundation, no old comb as we're beginners, and scent in it. I now have the Swarm Lure stuff from Dadant on hand.
The bees are still flying around the house looking into the boxes, landing, many more are up at the peak of the rooftop. They don't dare go into a crawlspace would they? It's got to be 125º up there. I checked earlier and a few had come in, they flew out when they had the chance and were in the house for awhile.
So, I've seen pictures of a swarm, and this is not a clump, but a few dozen here, a few dozen there sort of thing and showing interest in our boxes.
Should I break out the pheromone lure and put it in the box? Should we pack up two of the boxes and only give them one choice? I wonder if the "ball" of bees with queens is nearby in the woods.
Any suggestions would be helpful. Would love to catch a swarm.
Our two hives seem to be operating as usual and are a couple hundred feet away.