Jeff's bee tree trap out 5-1-11

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by G3farms, May 1, 2011.

  1. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Got a call the other day from Jeff, he has a bee tree in his back yard, actually on the other side of the barbed wire fence. Wants the bees gone so we discussed the options and decided to do a trap out. A frame of brood from Melissa's swarm from 4-17-11 (they have already pulled 5 frames of comb so I thought they could spare one) and I was all set.

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    An old wild cherry tree is their home.

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    Had to build up the crack and seal with silicon as I went.

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    The cone nailed on and ready for the bait hive.

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    Used some of my childhood skills of "fort" building to make a stand for the bait hive.

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    The trap as I left it, not too many bees leaving the cone but plenty coming back in from foraging. I hung around until I saw foragers with pollen in their baskets going into the bait hives. :thumbsup:
     

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  2. PerryBee

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    Nice job!
    Curious has to how the bees came to pick a spot that low to the ground! :confused:
    Good for you though. :mrgreen:
     

  3. G3farms

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    Not sure why so low but it was nice to be able to stand on the ground for a while instead of on a ladder.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Looks good. Keep us posted.
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Iddee you think the reason not many bees coming out of the cone might have been due to the smell of the caulking?

    I did not use any smoke and when I was first just playing with the cone to see how it would fit I could not keep the bees out of it. Tomorrow should tell the tale I guess.
     
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    Whatever the reason today, when the water runs short tomorrow, they will be coming out.
     
  7. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I checked on them this afternoon and they were streaming out of the cone pretty good, but they were also going back in a tiny little hole beside of the screen and caulk. Closed up the hole and the returning foragers soon started piling up on the outside and eventually into the bait hive. Things should look a little different tomorrow inside of the hive.
     
  8. cstephen

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    Nice pix but the sealant looks so messy.

    I know you are all big fans of caulking, but my latest tree attempt using a gouge to cut a smooth even channel through the bark and stapling the cone is working out so well that I think it will become my preferred method for future trap outs.

    Now concrete block walls are another story. Silicon remains my sealant of choice. Never noticed a problem with potential smell being a deterrent to exiting bees.

    Claude Stephenson
     
  9. G3farms

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    Another check today and we have two queen cells :Dancing:

    Did not see any bees coming out of the cone though, and at best only two frames of bees.

    will more than likely need to boost their numbers with a frame of brood
     
  10. G3farms

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    An update on these bees, the first queen that they raised something must have happened to her after laying several hundred eggs. They raised a new queen and are now bearding out of a five frame nuc. Will pick them up tonight.
     
  11. G3farms

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    Went to pick them up tonight and SHB had beat me to them.
    This is the first hive I have lost to them and it was not a pretty sight.
    Had gone over earlier this afternoon and bees were bearding heavily on the front of the nuc so I thought they had really taken off, but instead the beetles had run them out of the house.