The Joys of Beekeeping: Swarm Traps

I know what you’re saying.

“You don’t even have bees yet and you’re already trying to trap a swarm? Surely, you can’t be serious.”

Why, yes. Yes we are. Call us ambitious. Call us stupid. Call us cheap. Just don’t call us Shirley.

But after reading up extensively on building your own swarm traps, we decided to give it a whirl. Spending over $100 on a package of bees that could potentially die over the winter had us figuring out ways to save and this seemed like a good idea. We really aren’t expecting much activity, so we will be pleasantly surprised if there is a good turnout. We have extra hives built and ready just in case. We wanted to have them on hand anyway in case we have to split our hives later on.

We made six traps to place out on a couple of family member’s properties. So stick around, we will post any success or failures we have in the process!

Here are some pictures of the swarm trap building process:

*Note: We will be using both lemongrass oil and bee pheromone lures in the traps. You would normally use frames with existing comb, but because we are new to beekeeping we are starting with brand, spanking new foundation.*