I finally got up to the firehouse today to get the trap out box hooked up. It required a lot of equipment, but the process went smoothly. I first set up a walking board using two ladders. I strapped the board to the antenna tower with a ratchet strap and everything was very stable.
I then attached part of a deer stand to the antenna tower. After about 1/2 and hour I was able to get the TOB on the platform and everything went together nicely. Foraging bees were a little confused upon returning, but I think they will find their way into the box.
On Friday afternoon I plan to put 1 comb of brood into the box to coax the queen out of the wall. Then two days after that I will install the bee escape so that the bees cannot get back into the firehouse wall. I have taken pictures of exactly how this Trap Out Box (TOB) works, but haven’t had time to put a post together. It is on its way.
While doing all of this I had my daughter taking pictures. As she was walking around she noticed a swarm in the honeysuckle bush that is next to the yellow ladder in the top picture. It is the first time I have ever tried to hive a swarm and had it leave the box. After about 5 minutes all of the bees left my hive body and alighted. It appeared that they all went into the TOB.
It was pretty exciting for a couple of kids walking past the firehouse on the sidewalk. They paused for a couple of seconds. I heard a little boy say, “WOW!!! Look at all of the BEES!!!!”. I can only imagine what his mother was thinking… 🙂 Once the air became thick with with flying insects she moved them off pretty quickly.
What do you think? Would you do something differently? If so tell me, as stated previously I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING HERE!!!
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