Swarm moved in a tractor
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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm moved in a tractor

    OK so my father was using his tractor two days and there were no bees. well tonight it looks like a fair sized colony has moved into a big piece of tube that makes up part of the front end loader. I was wondering what's the odds of being able to smoke them out scene they are just setting up or would a trapout be my best bet? I would really like to catch them with the queen if I could. I dont have to much time given he's a farmer and dose need his tractor but I probably have a few days as he really dose not to have to kill them. Is a few days enough for a trapout?

    Thanks

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Nope.

    Trap-outs are playing the long game.

    You need a way to physically move them out of the tube and into your hive box. Make a bee vacuum, just a simple one. Is there any access to the tube from either end? Send a photo.

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    Default Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Well physically getting to them is out of the question one end is capped shut and the other I cant even get my hand into.

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    Default Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Right. But can you get a flexible vacuum hose down the tube?

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    Default Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Smoke them out into a hive box before the queen starts laying in new comb, which can happen very fast.
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    Default Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Like Ray Said Smooke Smooke Smooke, And do it now. If there are two entrances a bit of bee quick may help. You are a farmer so you have hay, use it. It makes a heavy smoke.

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    Default Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Thanks guys I got them I ended up making a bee vac this morning and drilling a hole in the down hill side to pump the smoke in. they came out flying then landing back and started fanning. here is a pic of me vacuuming them up. it was easy to tell once I had her they completely changed the way they were acting. IMG_20160626_132134427.jpg

    Thanks for the help guys

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    Default Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Good job!
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