Swarm Season Has Begun

Swarm Prevention

I would recommend that you inspect your beehives and make sure that there is several frames available for the queen in each hive box and that the hive is not getting filled up too quickly with pollen and nectar. This check needs to be made every 7 to 10 days. In addition to the inspection and frame management, you can consider rotating your hive bodies and then possibly rotating them again in about 3 to 4 weeks.

Note: I found 4 of my beehives that I rotated two weeks ago to be completely full of bees and these had a 10 frame deep and 2 mediums already on them.  So yesterday, I added a queen excluder and another medium on top to allow for more space. I also moved a few frames around to make sure that the queen had room in all 3 of the lower boxes.

Swarm Trapping, catching, and removal

I have attached several documents for your reference. If you have any questions, please call or email.

Note: I do not recommend attempting to remove a swarm from a height of more than 5 feet without assistance from someone that has some experience in this!!!

Note: I do not recommend attempting a removal from a structure, building, barn or house, unless you and someone that is helping you knows exactly what you’re getting into and the potential issues and liabilities!!!

Note from Jim Tock in reference to the attached PDF’s:

This is based upon the swarm trap hand out you had last year.
I took the pieces of wood and laid it out a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood.
One set is for 1/2" plywood and the other set is 5/8" plywood.
I prefer the 5/8" because it gives you more width to get a nail into.
I would not cut the frame rests until the very last and verify the size works with your frames.
I have made one from both sets of sketches.

Good luck,

David

SWARM TRAP 0.625 in PLYWOOD CUTS

SWARM TRAP 0.625 in BOX ASSEMBLY

SWARM TRAP 0.625 in COVER ASSEMBLY

SWARM TRAP 0.5 in PLYWOOD CUTS

SWARM TRAP 0.5 in BOX ASSEMBLY

SWARM TRAP 0.5 in COVER ASSEMBLY

SWARM TRAPS

Setup of Swarm Traps