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How to attract honeybees!!

 
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Hey David, welcome to PeRmIeS!!! Wow how this site has helped out so much, Im glad you are joining us and make sure to sneak around and check out some of the great things happening right here on Permies.com! I have a couple of questions.

How can I attract local honeybees?

Also what is the best type of "housing" that I could build/collect, or will they make their own home after I attract them?
I want them to make their own "nest", I just want to be able to collect the honey.

I appreciate your response, and look forward to talking more about attracting honey bees!!

Thanks!

 
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The Pollinator Partnership has put out a series of free booklets for all regions of the U.S.
For each region, they list the local pollinators, and the plants they seek.

Go to the following link, and enter your ZIP code. It will direct you to the proper booklet for your region
http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

Regardless of where one lives, they will help provide natural habitat for all of the local pollinators.
They also provide links to help find the seeds for the native plants.

 
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i always rescue Honey Bee's anytime i find them stuck somewhere
no matter how long it takes or what i happen to be doing because
they need our help to survive.
 
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Kevin Sanders wrote: How can I attract local honeybees?

Also what is the best type of "housing" that I could build/collect, or will they make their own home after I attract them?
I want them to make their own "nest", I just want to be able to collect the honey.



Seeley & Morse researched the criteria for cavities that the bees preferred. The details are at:

http://www.dheaf.plus.com/warrebeekeeping/bait_hives.htm

including a link to their extension service document on the subject.

As a beginner, getting a cavity that smells of bees is not easy. One option is a disease-free come from a local beek you know you can trust. Another is one drop of Cymbopogon citratus oil. A more expensive option is a vial of swarm lure synthetic pheromone bought from a beek supplier. The vial is pinned inside, near the entrance.

A simple hive that is nevertheless easily harvestable and, with care, inspectable by bee disease inspectors is the Warré hive:

http://warre.biobees.com .



 
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