Rousting a cluster in a tree?
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  1. #1
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    Jul 2014
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    Fremont, California
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    Default Rousting a cluster in a tree?

    Anyone had any luck in getting a cluster in tree to lift off in hopes it finds the swarm traps set below, or just a lower branch?
    Some swarms settle in trees way too high to attempt to try and get them out. I was wondering if a high powered squirt gun like a SuperSoaker or some such thing loaded with Bee Quick or simply vinegar sprayed on the tree below them would get them to lift off in an effort to choose a lower location that they might be retrieved? Climbing a ladder over 10 ft is not in the cards for me, especially with live bees in a box.

    Cheers, Phil in Fremont.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
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    Butler Co, Missouri, USA
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    Default Re: Rousting a cluster in a tree?

    I have seen buckets attached to poles and a quick nudge to catch them, and drawn frames attached to poles allowing the bees to crawl on. Both work depending on the situation. Have never seen one "super soakered"
    Hindsight is 20/10, not 20/20...
    After the fact, I always know what didn't work.

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