Re: Question about Bait hives or Swarm Traps
None of my swarm traps are beetight, and I caught 13 swarms last year. The wood just moves and shifts with time, wind, and rain. Most feral colony homes have many gaps.
But I do cover the top with plastic cardboard - recycled political campaign signs - to prevent rain from running down into the box. I think that might be the biggest turnoff for a swarm - a leaky roof.
But then again there was a huge hive in an open 10" pipe with the opening straight up in the air at an old oil well site. Had been there for years, with comb attached to the pipe walls and water ran down the pipe when it rained. I caught a castoff swarm from them last spring. But a new oil company bought the oil lease and promptly killed the colony this winter, ostensibly to remove the old separator and other metal for scrap. They still haven't removed the pipe this many months later, but thank God the bees are all dead! What stupidity and waste. The beehive was worth more than all the scrap metal put together.
TxBeek. KTBHs. Victoria, Tx. along the Gulf coast. Zone 9b.
Treatment free bees from traps and cutouts.