Last week I was interviewed by Jack Spirko at The Survival Podcast. When the interview was over my head was spinning and I am not confident I communicated everything as clearly as I should have. It probably didn’t sound like it, but I did prepare prior to the interview. I had an outline ready but once we began talking all of that stuff went out the window. I will admit to being nervous and there were times I rambled and as a result didn’t get to some important aspects of Swarm Trapping.
Hopefully this post can clarify some things for anyone interested in making their beekeeping life more sustainable. Resupply your vacated hive equipment for free by swarm trapping.
Background information on feral bees and genetics:
BOOK: Swarm Traps and Bait Hives: The easy way to get bees for free. By McCartney Taylor – I didn’t write this book, and I don’t get anything for recommending it. I do own it, and recommend it to anyone thinking of swarm trapping.
Selecting Trapping Locations –
Looking for Spots 2/22/12
Addition to Spots Post 2/26/12
New observation on swarming behavior 05/17/12
Another observation on swarming behavior 5/23/12
SaveTheHives.com – ON-Line directory of feral hives.
When to Deploy traps – This is going to depend on where you live. Here in Eastern Indiana I deploy traps in early April and try to get them taken down after August 1st. I use beesource.com forum thread Please Post your Swarm Dates to help with this. Every Spring swarming begins in the Southern US and works its way North. People report their swarm dates and you can get an idea when swarming will begin in your area.
Catching and Hiving Trapped Bees
If you aren’t interested in trapping bees – Try to find a local beekeeper who can sell you some.
If you have a little time this winter consider building some traps. You can normally get old deep Langstroth boxes from beekeepers for cheap ($2-$5) or free. Having feral bees living in your area is a valuable asset.
I am open to any and all questions as well.
So leave them in the comments or e-mail me.