Same lady from 9/1 called and said they swarmed again. This time 4ft up on a holly tree. Bad timing, I'm at WVU. She said she would call me if they leave I might try to get home, grab a box, and go after them. Might let them get started then pinch queen and combine with the swarm from my top bar to boost it's numbers. That's if I get there in time. Minimum 2 1/2 hours (probably more like 3+) to get home, grab gear and get there. Maybe they'll hang around till morning.
Update: got there at 7:50. It was two small swarms hanging in the bottom branches of a holly tree. One a little bigger than a softball and the other softball size. I just broke the branch one was on and put it on a jester nuc box and then shook the other on on top of it. Not the best move maybe but these bees were doomed. I'll try to get something useful out of them like drawn comb and boosted numbers on that TB swarm nuc and maybe a queen for lure in the spring.
Last edited by mcon672; 09-10-2015 at 07:39 PM.
date when the bees swarmed or when you found the swarm.
comments - example: if the swarm came from your hive, or if you were called to pick up a swarm, how long was it there. This is not for cutouts unless the bees just took up residence and are not established. It would also be great to include a small photo of the swarm.
5/3 Proctor, WV 26055 Marshall County. Stayed in trap until Friday afternoon then moved out and hung on bottom of trap? Property owner called and we ran down and got them that last night. Nice size. Second one from this spot.
5/14 Proctor, WV 26055 Marshall County. In a swarm trap. 10 deep S C. Property owner called last Wednesday to say he thought I had bees so they have probably been in there for awhile. Yesterday was my first chance to go and check on them. Swapped out trap and brought them home last night.
5/20 Wheeling, WV 26003 Ohio county. Trap 10 deep SC
5/22 Wheeling, WV 26003 fiber pot trap. 1st catch ever in a fiber pot. Had a piece of old comb and SC in it. Still have no faith in them but it's cool. I was just bad mouthing them the other day lol.
5/22 Proctor, WV 26055 Marshall County trap 10 deep sc
5/22 Valley Grove, WV 26060 Ohio county trap 10 deep SC
6/10 Valley Grove, WV Ohio county. Checking traps and saw one with very heavy scouting. Looked closer amd this was in the tree beside the trap. Shook them in a nuc and gave them to my buddy. This makes 22 so far this year.