Re: Cone trap out bees getting back in
I am attempting my first trap out from a tree that bees have just set up in.
I have 2 crevasses right at ground level that they are using to access a hollow space in the tree. Tonight I covered both these areas with wire. I then made a hole in the screen that is easiest to access and as I had nothing at I put in a tube of rolled up plastic as an entrance. As I had no duct tape I secured it with painters tape.
When I checked this evening a few..very few..bees had figured it out. Many were festooning on the wire under the plastic tube and others were on the less accessible wire covering that has no planned entrance.
I am hoping that it is just hoping to take them a while to figure it out.
Once, and if, they do then I will put in a more appropriate tube from the screen to a hive box. Later I will put in some open brood.
Question: if they are using the trap entrance/exit is is still necessary to use black plastic to darken the area except for the tube?
Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06