Swarms are the honeybees way of insuring survival. A honeybee colony rapidly expands in the spring. When the colony has a LOT of bees the Queen leaves the hive with a few thousand of her worker bees in search of a new home. By providing an attractive home, beekeepers can catch local swarms to add to their apiary.

A Swarm of Bees

You may see a swarm of bees land on a fence, car or in a tree. Swarms are not dangerous because they have nothing to defend.

Colony in a Structure

Bees will move into a wall if the cavity is suitable. A beekeeper has to open the wall to remove safely.

Swarm Trap

This swarm trap, or bait hive, is set up to lure a swarm in so it can be moved safely to an apiary.

Swarm Capture

Watch as this Beekeeper collects this docile swarm from a tree branch. Once in the bucket, they can be moved to the apiary, and then placed in a permanent hive.

Want to Host a Swarm Trap on your Property?

Honey Buckets is looking for more bees to help expand the apiary and continue treatment free, natural practices.  The best way to grow and improve genetics is to catch wild swarms. Swarms are caught by leaving a box up in a tree with with a scented lure to attract them. I could use some suitable places to put up a bait hive! If we catch a swarm on your property we will give you a pound of Honey Buckets finest honey!!

How Hosting  Swarm Trap Works

Swarms are the honeybees way of insuring survival. Early in the summer, usually starting in May, the hive has had a chance to build numbers and stores to the point the hive can divide. Leading up to this time the hive has been busy raising new queens to take over. Just before the first of the new queens hatch the existing queen and up to half of the colony will swarm out of the hive. Before they leave, the workers fill themselves with honey that will help them and the queen survive until a new cavity can be found to begin a new hive. Scouts are sent out from the swarm to locate a suitable spot, much like scouts are sent out to locate nectar and pollen sources.  Generally a swarm is very docile. They have no hive to protect, nothing to defend, they’re just waiting for directions to a new place to start over. If I put a hive box out up in a tree in your yard that is attractive to them, they just might move into it. If you can keep an eye on the box from time to time and text me if you see activity. If a colony moves in, I will come pick up the box and move it to the bee yard.    Safety first and beekeeping and bait hives are an appropriate social distance activity! Did I mention  free pound of honey for all swarms caught on your property?!


Have bees inside a structure?

If you have bees in an existing cavity such as a home or barn, do not spray with chemicals or try to kill the bees. Simply killing the bees inside the structure is not a good solution — the honey and larvae inside will attract rodents and create a rotting mess inside your home after the attendants are dead. And, another colony will just move in. The best way to remobve bees from a cavity in a building is to open the wall and remove them.

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