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5696RE: [santacruzbees] Swarm advice

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  • Vicki Basham
    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

      (831) 601-4758


      From: santacruzbees@yahoogroups.com [mailto:santacruzbees@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Patrick M.
      Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:39 AM
      To: santacruzbees@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [santacruzbees] Swam advice



      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?


      Bee P.

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