Re: Swarm trap next to occupied hives
I have bait box hives at 2 of my yards because I have gotten swarms like that the past couple years. I set them up right where I want them to live, its so fun to have them move in that way. There's a fellow 4 houses down from me that has feral hives living in an abandon trailer in his yard. I suspect the backyard swarms may be coming from there. So far, gentle bees. In my country yard I've also had them move into bait boxes.
I also have boxes out at a couple friends and my son. My son's house has always been good for 3 swarms a year but now he moved. Not sure about new location. I put a glob of honey on top of the bait box and checked every few hours, not a single bee anywhere.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder" Laurie R. King--
March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF