Catching Swarms

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by tmrschessie, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. tmrschessie

    tmrschessie New Member

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    As I am new to this aspect of bee keeping, are there certain times of the year that are better then others? I am in a rural setting and the neighbors etc say they have not seen a swarm in several years. Don't know if they are not looking or the bees just are not in this area. I am working on a cut out now, but would like to get into this aspect of bee keeping more. Thanks for any insight. Tom
     
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    blueblood New Member

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    Welcome! The link below will be a good place to start. #3 answers your question. I have seen the smart little sayings here and other places before: A swarm in May is worth a load of Hay, a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon and a swarm in July isn't worth a fly....

    http://entomology.unl.edu/beekpg/beeswarm.shtml
     

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    tmrschessie New Member

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    Thank You Dave. I did not even think to check on Marion Eilis's writings. He helped me years ago. Thank You for the links. Tom
     
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    DLMKA New Member

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    Put an ad on craigslist and call the local emergency dispatch centers (but don't use 911 to ask to get on the swarm list - they probably don't like that) also call around to the pest control/exterminators in the area. I've caught 6 swarms this year and most have just been word of mouth.
     
  5. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Your welcome from one corn state to another....it looked like very good, straight forward info.