Preparing for bee swarm season

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A custom base to convert a couple of boxes into a 'bait hive'.
A custom base to convert a couple of boxes into a ‘bait hive’.

Winter brings a respite from many beekeeping-related activities, but it also provides an opportunity to make some preparations for the season to come.

For 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 cavities, inside walls or inside ventillation grills.

The bait hive is created by taking the special base, then adding two hive boxes on top, and then capping it out with a flat lid.

This season I’m planning on scattering these throughout a bunch of locations in the Inner West, saving me the effort of constantly chasing bee swarms. Wish me luck!

A bait hive in place, in the empty convent land next to our house.
A bait hive in place, in the empty convent land next to our house.
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5 thoughts on “Preparing for bee swarm season

    The Wadas said:
    October 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    how’d go?

      James responded:
      October 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      At the time of writing, my bait hives haven’t caught any swarms yet, but it’s early days.

      I have caught two swarms directly, kept one, and gave another away 🙂

    The Wadas said:
    October 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Had a prob with bees this summer. Didn’t handle it well thou, end up called a pro in.
    http://the-wadas.com/bees-attack-not-the-best-way-to-get-rid-of-bees/

      James responded:
      October 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Poor bees!

      It is a problem when bees make their home inside people’s homes 😦

      Next time definitely call the pest exterminator in 🙂

        The Wadas said:
        October 6, 2015 at 8:55 pm

        Sure I will. Hehe.

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