5696RE: [santacruzbees] Swarm advice
- Apr 8, 2014
Lemongrass essential oil is a wonderful attractant. If you have that, plus some brood comb in your bait box, I don't see how the bees could resist!
Vicki Basham, GRI
Realtor, Broker Associate
Sereno Group BRE#01434695
We've had a couple of swarms breeze through our property in the Soquel hills yesterday. I hope one might be the hive that disappeared in January but who knows.
One swarm has landed up high in an oak tree. They are just about 5" higher than I could possibly get to on the upper rungs of a 10 foot ladder with a net on a 10 foot pole.
I obviously can't reach them, but I'm wondering if it is advisable to try to knock them down with a bamboo pole and transport them in a box to my empty hive.
Or...try to get ahold of some swarm attractant and put a bait hive near them.
Any suggestions welcome!
Also--does anyone know where I can get swarm attractant? Or a good recipe for the homemade stuff?
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