Re: North florida swarm 9/22
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The swarm probably has the mated queen but may have a virgin. Have you checked your hive(s) to see if there are queen cells in one and it has swarmed? You should have drones in your area but there may be few if any.
If you can get a small rope over the limb the swarm is on, close to the swarm, you could attach a frame with open brood to the rope. Then pull the frame up to the swarm so they start to cluster on the frame. Once a large number of bees are on the frame lower it and put bees and frame in a hive. If the queen gets on the frame the rest of the bees will follow the scent to the hive.
I've used the long extending poles that painters use. I have one that goes to 23' but I'm sure there are longer ones, they are just expensive. I've got a paint roller handle that I took the roller holder part off, attached the holder to a 5 gallon bucket with bolts, that I use to retrieve swarms. The paint roller handle is threaded and goes on the end of the extension pole. I've stood on an 8' step ladder and used the 23' pole to get swarms that are way up on limbs, probably 25' or so. Depending on what you have you might be able to reach them, you just have to be careful. I don't bounce like I used to so I don't take too many chances.
Maybe someone else will have other ideas too. Good luck.
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