Ok, This site is dedicated to my mom, she’s making me sit down and tell the world, I’m a honey bee Trapper. My biggest fear is that somebodies going to try and get my sweet spots where I have trapped over 40 hives. Even if someone did think they could move in , They don’t have my secret formula. Which is probably the most highly secret to my success. So Here’s my story and I’m sticken to it.
I live in a small town outside of Minneapolis Minnesota called Buffalo, No there’s no buffalo here, but there’s a ton of people who have been trying to get into beekeeping for years, and there not that good at it which makes for prime honey bee trapping, so Early spring in 2001 I was down at Pelican Lake harvesting wild rice when I came accross a huge swarm of honey bees at the time I didn’t have any sort of protective gear. All I could think about was getting those honey bees. That night I was laying in bed and can up the greatest Idea in the world. “So I thought”. I was going to skip school and and go capture all those honey bees put them in a langthrop hive and have more pure organic honey For years to come.
Commercially Produced Swarm Traps
One of the most exciting things any Beekeeper can have happen is finding that a new colony of Bees has moved into an empty hive body or piece of equipment that is not being used. It’s even more exciting when you find that the Bees that have moved in didn’t come from your own Apiary. Bees swarming from unmanaged Honeybee Colonies is a natural survival instinct which is natures way to keep the Feral Honeybee population from becoming extinct. These swarms are usually smaller in size as often times Feral Colonies are located in hollow trees where room for expanding is limited so colony size is a at minimum. The same thing can and does happen in managed Honeybee colonies usually resulting from poor management such as overcrowding, dilapidated hive equipment and even disease. Even well managed colonies can and have been known to swarm often times resulting in huge swarms that can be 5 to 7lbs or more of Bees.
Swarm Trap Misconceptions:
A Swarm Trap is not actually a trap as once a Colony of Bees enters, they can leave at will. A Swarm Trap is merely a man made container with or without a swarm lure that makes it more enticing for a Swarm to occupy.
Swarm Traps used in an Apiary will not cause managed colonies to swarm.
Swarm Traps do not encourage managed colonies to swarm.
Setting a Swarm Box or Trap next to a colony that is on the verge of swarming will capture the swarm. (This often times does not happen. Many times when a Colony is preparing to swarm they will travel great distances to locate new nectar, pollen and water sources)