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Will bees move in on their own


So I’m waiting on a nuc but was out in the garden this morning potting around and have a lot of bees hanging around the flowers of weeds in there. What’s the likelihood of bees making home in my flow hive if I put it out there?


If there is a swarm nearby on the day then a pretty good chance, especially if you have a couple of frames of wax foundation in there also.


Bait hives are like fishing. There is no telling. Just because bees are out foraging does not mean they are looking for a home. But if they are looking for a home, offering a nice one may work or may not. Lemongrass essential oil (four drops or so) makes more difference than anything else. Size (about the volume of a ten frame deep), height (further off the ground is more interesting to them), entrance size (about an inch hole works well in my experience), old comb etc. are all helpful.