Today I was able to get out and set up some swarm traps. I set out five today and four a week ago. I wish I would have set these traps out a little earlier. I am a little behind. I would like to have 20 traps out by May.
Right now, I have a grand total of nine traps set out. I will need to make 11 more in order to reach my goal. The only problem is that I have to wait for a new stand for my table saw before I can start building. Craftsman had a large recall for their folding frame table saws… go figure.
I managed to take a few pictures of today’s activities. I only got pictures of two of my trap locations. I will be doing some videos as I inspect them, so if you are interested, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get updates.
Where Do I Place my Swarm Traps?
A lot of people have asked me where I put my traps. One of the biggest tips I can give new swarm trappers is to do some research. Figure out where the hives are. Whenever I go on a drive, I take a mental not of any beehives in the area. Over the last 7 years, I have developed a long list of locations. This list really comes in handy when I start setting out swarm traps.
Once I determine where the bees are, I try to find a place to hang my traps that are within a quarter mile of the hives. This can be difficult because there is private property to deal with. If I can’t find a place to put a hive, I will usually ask owners in the area if I can set my traps on their property.
Right now, the furthest trap I set is about 20 miles from my home. My closest trap is in my backyard. All of the traps are near hives. This is really important if you actually want to catch a swarm of bees.
Swarm Trap Scouts
Here is a video of one of the traps I set last week. It has a few scouts checking it out. Right before the video there were about 5 or 6 scouts around the entrance. As soon as I decided to record, the bees took off. Anyway, the bees know the trap is there. Hopefully I will have a swarm soon!
I have high hopes for this trap. There are quite a few hives in this area. Having scout bees checking it out is a good sign. It doesn’t always mean a swarm will take up residence, but it does mean the bees are aware of it. If there is a swarm, there is a good chance they will pick it.