Quick outline of a trapout

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by Iddee, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Someone PM'ed me asking for a quick rundown of a trapout without going into great detail, so here is the basics. More details should be had before actually doing a trapout.

    Day 1. Survey and plan the stand and cone configuration. Do your PR with the owner.

    Day 2. Set trap box with frame of eggs, early enough to have a good number of bees trapped out before night, to cover the brood and eggs. Set cone.

    Day 3. Check for new entrances.

    Day 4, or 8, or between. Check for full box of bees. Check regularly according to speed of box filling. Most likely 3 to 7 day intervals.
    Replace box when full of bees.

    When 7 days go by without a bee leaving the structure, remove cone. Remove setup when bees no longer go into the structure. Likely 3 days.

    Total time involved.....7 to 12 weeks.

    SHB makes a whole new ball game. Adjust for them accordingly.
     
  2. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Thank you iddee. I have at least two situations where homeowners want bees removed and do not want the walls opened (stone historical building) This will come in handy.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Me too, I have a trap out lined up already.

    G3
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Just keep in mind, this post is like a table of contents in a book, not the book itself. You need a LOT more info to successfully make a trap work.
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I think I know somebody that could possibly help out in that department.............seems to know what he is talking about, except for the shirtless bee keeping!!

    G3
     
  6. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    But that's what made him famous! :Dancing:
     
  7. Mama Beek

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    Better watch out Iddee, someone may submit that pic to one of the beekeeping calendars! :wave:
     
  8. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    WHOOOO, BOY, I can just see all the lady beeks swooning now! :hi: :D
     
  9. Mama Beek

    Mama Beek New Member

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    I'm telling Bonnie!! Just kidding, she'll probably just giggle and blush a little bit! :eek: :D