In a discussion about various complex swarm prevention techniques on one of the other forums a questions was raised, What do the commercial beekeepers do to prevent swarming?
Thought I would start a thread here and solicit your comments and insight into standard swarm control practices in the commercial world to help others understand what you have found to be the most successful methods in your operations.
Obviously, a hobbyist beekeeper will typically have the opportunity to devote a lot more time per colony to all of the various manipulations and methods used to control swarming. I'm guessing that commercial beekeepers would not have the luxury of spending that much time on their colonies and still run an efficient business. Maybe not, I don't know.
Would love to hear how you manage your colonies to prevent swarming. I'm sure some of your methods would cross over into any category, from commercial to back yard beekeeper. Thanks in advance.