Last weekend I discussed Swarm Trapping on the Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast. Solomon and I brushed the surface, but hopefully it will get more people interested in giving this a try. There’s getting to be more and more information available on feral honey bees. Average height of feral colonies numbers have been suggested, but that doesn’t mean bees won’t hit a trap on the ground. Yesterday I wrote about Catch Boxes that can easily be made from beekeeping equipment. You could either use a Catch Box for this OR just use old equipment.
The following gallery is all of bees I have either caught or discoveted living close to the ground.
These were just pictures I found while quickly skimming. The one at right was from LAST WEEK. It was a HIT on Trap10 waiting to be deployed. Bees will live in cavities UP in trees, but they’ll make due if they can FIND a suitable cavity. Especially if you live in a place that does not have a lot of cavities. Large expanses of monocrop agriculture located adjacent to suitable habitat are GREAT PLACES to trap.
Do you have a some hive-bodies, bottom boards, inner & outer covers not being used because of deadouts? You bought that equipment it does you no good stored away waiting on bees. A deadout produces BLACK BROOD COMB. Nothing is stopping you. Bait them similarly to how I load a swarm trap. You can find a couple ounces of LGO almost anywhere. Set them out in varied locations. You may just get a surprise!
Get out there and catch em!
Have any questions?
P.S. – LITTLE TIP – If you set these things out I advise using foundationless frames in them. MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SETTING LEVEL. Otherwise you WILL have troubles when you hive them. GOOD LUCK!