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The hive box has been on the trap for a week. I added a frame of brood and larva this morning. I have not dropped the trap cone yet.

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By tomorrow you should have 3 to 5 pounds of bees if it is a strong colony and the brood nest is close to the trap box. You can also check to see if the queen came out to inspect your brood.

Keep us posted.

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My trap-out has dried up, and the bees are finding numerous other ways to get in and out rather than using the trap. Stumped. :scratch:
 

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I will be checking tomorrow to see how it is going. Bee Whisp, I am not totally sure I have this one sealed up till I drop the trap cone. I used Cleo's idea of blacking out everything but my entrance. I used black trash bags. Seems to have worked well. My entrance is the only one they are using at this time.
 

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3 mil black plastic is the best I have found to block out and black out entrances.

Lowe's and Home Depot have the barrel size, 3 mil , contractor bags.

Bee Whisperer... Do you have a photo of your trapout???

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I checked the tree today and there was about four frames of bees in it. I did not spend much time or take any off. Again I only had foundation for this trap. I am going to give them a few days to build some comb.
 

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Not intending to hi-jack the thread but, Cleo how long will a trap need to be in place to eliminate the existing hive? The lady wants the hive gone from the tree in her back yard.

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I played this one a little different than the house trap. The hive box has been attached three weeks or so. I went today to add another frame of uncapped brood and take off some bees. I was a little overwhelmed when I opened the hive box. It was completely packed with bees They have built out come and started storing honey and pollen in it. I only had a 5 frame box with me so I closed it back up and decided to ask for advice. Should I take all or the majority of the bees in this box the first round? I am going back Sunday, I have 2 five frame boxes to transport and a hive box waiting. I just could not believe how many bees had taken up residents in the box.

Your thoughts?
 

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Are you trapping to eliminate the colony, or just get enough bees in the right mix to start a new colony.

If you are eliminating, take them all. Your goal is weaken the colony so it cannot sustain itself. Bait again with brood and take more.

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Eliminate Cleo, The owner wants them gone. I would love to use this tree as a nuc tree but the owner has grand children and is afraid they will get stung.
 

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I took off an over flowing nuc of bees today from the tree. I placed another frame of uncapped brood in and put in the trap cone.
 
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