I’m not sure how to claim evidence for this. I’m a lazy beekeeper. I don’t put out bait hives as such, I just leave my empty kit out and swarms move in. I use the exact same boxes as my normal colonies.
This year I have caught 4 separate swarms this way. One here in my garden, three at my work apiary.
I didn’t go out and take photos of empty boxes earlier in the year.
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Michael Cox wrote: I don’t put out bait hives as such, I just leave my empty kit out and swarms move in. I use the exact same boxes as my normal colonies.
That is my goal. Building bee boxes is my winter project when it's too cold to do as much outside. I plan to build as many as possible this year, put them out, and hopefully have a swarm(s) move directly into their permanent home.
I've set up my bait hive, now I'll post my preparations here, and post again when it's inhabited.
I think this was the most helpful video I found, and although it's not in english, it's easy to understand and beautifully made.
They use walnut bark to make the hive, then they rub it with mint and lemon from the inside, seal it, and close the gaps with a mixture of clay and straw. This the traditional way of building bait hives in Chefchaouen, Morocco.
I love these simple and natural methods best, and probably most people on permies do so as well, that's why I'm sharing it here.
Now I'm wondering, I do have bees coming to my garden, so is it ok to place it there, or should I rather set it up somewhere in the wilderness and only place it in the garden when it has bees in it?
Mike Barkley wrote:
Swarm traps are usually placed in the wilderness 6 or 8 feet up a tree. I think when the scout bees are looking for a new home for their swarm they probably won't stop to eat from your garden.
Thank you for the reply!
My garden is full of bees, and there aren't too many green spaces in my close proximity. I also noticed at least three different species. That's why I thought it could work.
Do you think I'm totally wrong?