Re: Feral bees in fallen beech tree
Luring them out now? No. However, you may catch the swarm in mid April or so.
If you can make the cut, take the section they are in and set it up just as it was in your bee yard, place a hive body over them with some drawn comb (I fasten my box to plywood with nails or screws which is then attached to the top of the tree trunk. The plywood has a hole the same size as the tree, letting the bees come into the box). I block the tree entrance and force them to enter/exit through the box.
My wife and I cut a tree today (best removal ever!), and there was a ten foot section full of bees, comb, and honey. It is now in the bee yard and is fixing to have a box placed on top. I might post some pics later if possible.
Oh yeah, for those who say that bees ALWAYS enter at the bottom and work their way up in a natural hive, these have their entrance at the very top (yes, it's a ten foot section of tree). This is also not the first one I've seen like this. Bees will build however they want to......period.
Last edited by TalonRedding; 03-08-2014 at 01:03 PM.
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