Want help getting started trapping?
Here’s a quick reference from past posts to get you up and running. Some posts are listed in multiple areas because some cover multiple subject. Enjoy.
Why I do all this –
Where do bees come from? 2012-03-02
Genetic Gambling 2012-02-09
Are Bees Wild or Domestic 2012-10-26
The Farm-Fox Experiment and Bees 2012-11-02
Bees can overcome OR Bee happy with what you are given 2012-09-14
Where your bees come from matters 2013-06-26
Chump Crickets 2014-10-03
Chump Crickets part 2 2014-10-10
Feral Bees are OUT THERE – Some will say that all the feral colonies are gone, but that does not make it so.
Trap Plans – Evolution in Swarm Trap Logic 2014-04-20
5 Frame Plywood – SouthEastern – (2 per 4 x 8 sheet) – (Big thanks Jeff!)
10 Frame Lang Deeps 2012-04-19
The power of LGO! 2012-05-08
Here in my part of Indiana I try to have them UP by 4/15 every year. Depending on where you live you may want to do this slightly earlier or later. If you are wondering about how to time this, I follow the BeeSource thread Please Post your Swarm Dates. Make sure you go to the LAST page. Subscribe to the thread and you will get e-mail updates each time a report is added. Check the settings on your BeeSource account. You may have to login after each e-mail notification to get future alerts. Determine how far North or South reports are from you. There are reports from ALL over the country so look for zipcodes near you. Contribute your swarming activity. It will help others.
Swarming behavior –
First Hit of the Year 2012-05-04
The difference between a HIT and a catch 2012-05-09
What to do when your trap gets a HIT (a potential catch)? 2012-05-14
Full traps are moved at night. It is normally hot and humid so take a spray bottle with water in it. Under these conditions bees will normally be hanging out on the FRONT of the trap. Applying a MIST to the front of the trap near the entrance will send bees inside so none of your workforce is lost.
Hiving Swarm Traps – I have experimented with this a lot in the last several years. Since these posts in 2012 I have began installing newly caught swarms IN THE TOP DEEP of a stack of either 2 or 3 deeps. Three Deeps were used for LARGE swarms caught in April and May. Two Deeps were used for smaller swarms and those caught in June and July. Moving forward I will hive newly caught swarms in 2016 in the TOP deep of TWO deeps unless the swarm is unusually large. After colonies overwinter the first year they will have A THIRD DEEP nadired UNDER the previous TWO deeps. If you have questions leave comments.
Hiving a Trapped Swarm 2012-05-16
After work work 2012-06-05
Trap #25 becomes 1211 2012-06-25 After further review this is actually 1210…
YouTube Videos – Hiving Trap 11 Part 1 & Hiving Trap 11 Part 2 2011-08-18
When to take down traps – at my latitude in the NORTHERN HEMISPHERE I begin taking them down on 8/1/15. Contrary to popular belief the “swarm season” lasts longer than 3 weeks in May. I have had many colonies caught in July overwinter well and produce good honey crops the subsequent year.
Leave those traps out there….. 2013-07-01
Tips / Things I’ve learned along the way
Records in beekeeping 2012-06-04
Post your Swarm Dates – Link to BeeSource
I may be updating this page from time to time so check back. If you have questions…… ASK! Don’t be a CHUMP CRICKET!