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  1. #1
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    Default Best location to catch swarms?

    My property is almost entirely wooded. I have a road on the east and north sides. To the north of my property across the road is open field. To the east there is half field, and half woods. My question is, what would be the best location to try to catch a swarm? Last year I used two deep hive bodies with some old comb and vials of the pheromone that is supposed to attract swarms. I placed one on the north end of my place at the tree line, and another to the east just off the road. They were both about 3 feet off the ground (I guess I should have had them higher). The eastern one had some curious bees at one point, but neither drew a swarm. Does it matter one way or the other if the empty hives are in the woods? Where would you put them, i.e. height, direction, wooded or open area?

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    you will find that there are only a few "specifics" as it relates to catching swarms the rest is a guess! height should be about 12-15' although higher and lower have caught swarms. Size of the box and the opening has influence as well. a hive body or a box about the size of an 8 frame deep with an opening about an inch and a half in diameter is ideal. Ive caught swarms in the woods and out along the edge. Obviously you want to know of some colonies near by - the fact that you had some curious bees is a good sign - they just didnt feel it was good enough for them. Tom Seeleys book - Honeybee Democracy is all about the decisions bees make and though it doesnt specifically discuss trapping, it will help you understand what bees do. Oh - and dont forget attractant - lemongrass oil and some old brood comb as well.

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    My understanding is that bees like landmarks, like lone trees in a pasture and so on. The swarm I caught last summer came to a box that I put on a cut through the trees that led from our upper meadow to our lower meadow. My thinking was that bees would probably take that path rather than flying over 50 foot trees.
    Ray--1 year, 7 hives, TF

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    1. Height - about 10 feet off the ground
    2. Shade - at least some shade between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 pm. Preference is for well shaded locations.
    3. Box size - roughly the size of one 10 frame deep brood chamber.
    4. Opening - 1 inch diameter up to 3 inches diameter. A standard 10 frame hive with 1/2 of the opening closed works well.
    5. Ants - None. Bees will skip any location with even a few ants.
    6. Attractant - lemon oil or an old brood frame.

    There are a couple of other nuances, but if you hit the above, your odds are very good.
    DarJones - 44 years, 10 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion_power View Post
    1. Height - about 10 feet off the ground
    2. Shade - at least some shade between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 pm. Preference is for well shaded locations.
    3. Box size - roughly the size of one 10 frame deep brood chamber.
    4. Opening - 1 inch diameter up to 3 inches diameter. A standard 10 frame hive with 1/2 of the opening closed works well.
    5. Ants - None. Bees will skip any location with even a few ants.
    6. Attractant - lemon oil or an old brood frame.

    There are a couple of other nuances, but if you hit the above, your odds are very good.
    Thanks like the OP my place has woods and a hunting club next to it..... so on the edge of the woods or a few feet inside the tree line?

    I also have a pond on my place in the middle of the woods

    What's your thoughts on the placement?





    Oh will Turkeys harm bee's lol?

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    Near a commercial operator.

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamon Reynolds View Post
    Near a commercial operator.
    10-4 on dat! :}

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    any commercial Beeks around us Kamon?



    Quote Originally Posted by Kamon Reynolds View Post
    Near a commercial operator.

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    Default Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    Homesteader: I put traps up all over and at different heights. I don't think it matters all that much. The things I do think matter is that you have them in a location that gets a little shade midway through the day. Get more than 2 traps out there and put them up in several locations a couple miles apart. Once you find a location that catches bees you will reliably catch there on most years.
    Jason Bruns
    LetMBee.com YouTube

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