Hi everyone, I hope the beginning of the bee season has gone well for you so far.
I’m excited to hang some swarm traps in some trees in my backyard.
Quick review of what’s going on:
- I got a Carniolan nuc with an Italian queen in early April (the new queen should have hatched by now)
- They built up so quickly they swarmed last week (April 30th maybe?)
Since it’s been over a week now since they swarmed, I highly doubt that I actually catch the half of my colony that I just ‘lost’. They’re probably up in a tree somewhere, or another beekeeper around the area caught it.
I want to build swarm traps anyway, in case there are feral bees around or another beekeeper had the same misfortune I did (I live in MD, there haven’t been any Africanized feral bees recorded here yet).
After doing some research, I’ve seen that the biodegradable pots are very efficient at catching swarms. They evidently mimic a hole in a tree. To get to the point (I kind of get the idea on how to make them), how do you make them weather-proof and water-proof? I’m guessing they tend to ‘melt’ when wet. I saw some people recommended some type of water-proof sealer, a paint or other liquid like it…
Others recommend covering the entire swarm trap with beeswax; it smells better for the bees, and it’s safer for them than the chemical stuff.The problem is, I just started beekeeping last year, and I don’t have a ton of beeswax to coat the trap. I guess I could take a paintbrush, melt the little beeswax I have, and work on it. I could buy beeswax, but I would like to get this done before the nectar flow is over (probably in the next week or two) Have you had any experience with these types of swarm traps? Thanks is advance, and I apologize for the long post.