I have been trying to think about ways that new beekeepers can find locations to set swarm traps. I remember being new to this and how alien it all seemed that first year. Beekeeping was hard to “get into”. So you don’t know if you want to take the time building traps if there are no feral bees around??? Heck I understand. Depending on where you live you might be surprised though. They might just show up in the darnedest places.
Becoming a beekeeper has made me A LOT more observant about the world around me. Bees are very good at keeping a low profile except under a few circumstances. Last week I stopped in the gas station to fill the car. I saw motion around the trash can and on closer inspection realized that there were honeybees checking out a discarded pop bottle.
HEY!!! I didn’t know it but there are bees living somewhere near THIS gas station. Luckily I happen to have a Grand-Mother–In-Law that lives about 1.5-2 miles from there. I am going to have to sweeten her up a bunch, but I have plans for a trap outside her door. My wife doesn’t think this is going to happen, but I will work some magic.
Are you out there looking for bees?
Have you seen them?
If so catch em.