Well my first shed trap-out, was a washout, as the owners who raised ‘pit bulls’ couldn’t give me free yard access to monitor it. Well, that was o.k. especially since I was just contacted by a lady who also had the same type shed, but for whom access was not a problem. So this is my second attempt at my first shed trap-out or any trap-out for that matter. After reading over the best ways to do it, I assembled my tools and set to work.
This shed has rows of tubular metal floor supports that run in rows down the length of the shed.On the outer sides there are 7 or 8 rectagular holes that bee’s think are just dandy for entrances. Well the side the bee’s use faces all day sun, and it is hot hot hot. If I were to seal off the holes the trapped bee’s would cook. Today, the bee’s were very co-operative, but I donned my suit none-the-less and was especially glad I’d brought a roll of screen with me with which to cover each opening to leave adequate ventilation. I’d pre-made a cone, at home. I caulked the backside in circle around the opening and I taped it into place and then secured it with screws (over the opening the bee’s used most). Just two days ago I purchased a used nuc box which I filled with waxed foundations, except for one, which I borrowed from my bee’s at home. It had honey, brood and larva- larva being the key for the bee’s to build queen cells (I think they have 4 or so days, to turn larva cells into queen cells).
I situated the box right next to the cone and gave them a small stone to climb from the cone down on to the landing pad of the nuc box. I probably didn’t need to, but I scented the box with a couple drops of ‘lemon grass’ oil and then put the lid on (Three drops were too much however, when one drop would have sufficed). The returning foraging bee’s were finding their way back to the opening where the cone was installed, and many after walking on top of the cone finally made their way to the nuc. A half hour later, I lifted the lid before leaving, and dozens of bee’s were in the nuc cleaning up some leaking honey and I’m hoping will be attending to the brood comb and making queen cells. I didn’t really have the brood to spare,but I think this will be a risk I will come to be grateful that I took. I’ll be checking on it over the next few weeks and if all goes well, once the bee’s have made the nuc home, will remove the trap-out cone, and let the bee’s back in to rob their stored honey. (I’ve read that they won’t re-inhabit the shed once they’ve been in the nuc a few weeks). Hope it’s true. Following are a few pics. Wish me luck.