Our third bait hive is now in place

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Our third bait hive, on the roof of a friend's house
Our third bait hive, on the roof of a friend’s house

Following the advice in the book Swarm traps and bait hives, we’ve established a few bait hives, including one in the convent next door.

A second bait hive is on our roof, next to our first hive.

This is our third bait hive, located at a friend’s house about 2-3km away from our place. Last season they had a swarm settle on their back wall, so there must be bees nearby!

Keeping our fingers crossed, hopefully one of these bait hives will do its job…

A convenient flat roof, for the bait hive.
A convenient flat roof, for the bait hive.
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3 thoughts on “Our third bait hive is now in place

    solarbeez said:
    September 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Bait hives are the way to go. I’ve been successful using old comb and daubing with Lemon Grass Oil. My Bee Beard log hive is filled with bees from a tree. I hung my bait hive on the very tree that had bees in it. Came back 10 days later and there were bees flying in with pollen.

      James responded:
      September 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      I love your Bee Beard log hive, that’s truly amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like that, so good to hear that it’s still going well 🙂

    Preparing for bee swarm season « Lewisham House said:
    August 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

    […] me, this includes creating some custom beehive bases, that form the basis of new bait hives. These are empty boxes that hopefully attract bee swarms, rather than them ending up in roof […]

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