Suggestions for this feral tree removal.
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  1. #1
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    Apr 2014
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    Dawson Springs, Kentucky, USA
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    Default Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    My brother came back from a bike ride today and told me he saw a swarm on a tree that I could get. While questioning him on the way he says there were 1000s of bees flying around and a very small less than a baseball size cluster on the tree. He didn't get close at the time because he was scared. The time was around 4 - 4:30 so it could of been a large orientation or a practice swarm.

    Went back to check it out and it seems to me that it is a colony that is established in the tree. There was a good bit of action at the entrance, both drones flying around and in. Along with workers bringing in pollen and nectar. Does a swarm bring drones with it? Also got stung 3 times which I was under the impression that swarms did not do.

    The tree itself is questionable. Very dead on the inside however it is very large and not on my property. The entrance as you can see in the pictures is a crack/hole that runs up the tree for about 4 feet. I got as close to the entrance as I could with my face but the right at the front blocked my view to see if there was any comb in there.

    What should I do to get these bees? Wait for them to swarm and hope they choose a bait hive? Close the tree with screen and trap them out?

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    FIRST get permission from the landowner before you even think of doing anything.

  4. #3
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    Kokomo, Indiana
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    Default Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    FIRST get permission from the landowner before you even think of doing anything.
    What he said!

    Most people aren't to happy to have people messing around on their land regardless of the reasons. If you don't know who owns the property, check with the county clerk's office (maybe called different things in different states). Usually you can look at a plat map and see who owns what piece of land. From there you can usually figure out who owns what and lives where. A little leg work is far better than trespassing.

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    I would think at this point, you are better off leaving it alone. Get permission from the landowner (or others around) and put up swarm traps.

    Eventually you will get free bees year after year and dont' have to mess with trapping them out.

  6. #5
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    Jul 2015
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    Dripping Springs, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    I agree with NW PA. That one will be difficult if the crack portion also allows the bees to access the cavity. That would have to be filled or blocked off before any successful trapout could be done.

  7. #6
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    KC, MO, USA
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    Default Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    That bee tree has been there for who knows how many years and will be there for many more. It may produce 1/3 swarms a year better to set swam traps than force a trap out.

    Hopefully it will provide ferial survivors for you and your area for year to come!

  8. #7
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    Jun 2010
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    Stillwell, KS
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    Default Re: Suggestions for this feral tree removal.

    Those hairy vines are poison ivy.


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