We have about 3-1/2 weeks to go before we pick up our nucs. We have our equipment (including some backup hives ready for splits etc.) ready to go short of placing them outside.
Today, I was out in the pasture on thistle patrol, I stopped to pull up some thistle and noticed some bugs flying around. I looked and noticed even more bugs. Bees ! I noticed there was quite a few around the tree about 20 feet from me. I walked over to the tree to look and noticed a hole in the tree. I ALREADY HAVE BEES AND DIDN’T KNOW IT ! Apparently, they have made a hive in the tree. I have no idea how long they have been there. Hopefully, not long.
Soooooo… I decided to try to bait them into a box ! I went to work moving equipment out by the tree. I set the box up directly in front of the opening in the tree and about 15 feet away. Of course, I did place lure in the box. If I am lucky, maybe they will move out of the tree and into the box.
I am attaching pictures of the setup.
Suggestions or comments ?
I have a video of the bees going in and out of the tree. Unfortunately, the system won’t allow uploading. @Bianca