Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
November 23, 2014, 06:01:21 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: 24/7 Ventrilo Voice chat -click for instructions and free software here
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: 1 2 [All]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: my bees are swarming right now  (Read 3873 times)
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« on: March 03, 2008, 04:24:58 PM »

oh darn
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
kathyp
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15268


Location: boring, oregon


« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008, 04:27:32 PM »

into your swarm traps?  do you think you can catch them when they land, or do you have an empty out to tempt them?
Logged

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008, 04:31:25 PM »

they have left my hive and are swarming in an oak tree that is about 10 feet away the swarm trap is farth away

Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
KONASDAD
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2011


Location: Cherry Hill, N.J.


« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008, 04:39:39 PM »

Catch'em up and install in a hive body w/ queen excluder on bottom if you see queen. Congratulations on your new hive and first split cheesy!
Logged

"The more complex the Mind, the Greater the need for the simplicity of Play".
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2008, 04:43:25 PM »

Oh no it is not congrats...they are high up in an oak tree, they did not go to the swarm trap...I think they are leaving me  Cry  There is no way I can get them into another hive ...it is just to high up...BUT is did get to experience the swarm, and it was magnificent!  Ugh..all that work...and poof,they leave...
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
bassman1977
"King Bee"
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1787

Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania


« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2008, 04:46:58 PM »

Any pics?
Logged

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(''')_(''')
Jerrymac
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 6047


Location: Wolfforth Texas


« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2008, 04:48:08 PM »

They could still move into a swarm trap or empty hive body.
Logged

rainbow sunflower  Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.   rainbow sunflower

 Jerry

My pictures.Type in password;  youview
     http://photobucket.com/albums/v225/Jerry-mac/
kathyp
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15268


Location: boring, oregon


« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2008, 04:48:48 PM »

maybe not.  they may yet find  your swarm trap.  if it were me, i'd get some empty supers out there with some lemon grass oil in them and some drawn comb (if you have it) and see if you can entice them into something.  they'll be looking for a new home and if you give them all the options that you can manage, you might get lucky.  spread stuff around and keep your fingers crossed.
Logged

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2008, 04:51:44 PM »

ok will do...on my way
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2008, 05:07:19 PM »

I pulled some drawn comb out of the freezer and placed some empties in a spare hive body that I had cleaned up a couple of days ago...I sprinkled the frames with lemon grass oil and lure and place it on an extra SBB I had...put it in the shade near the tree...now I am slave to nature...
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2008, 05:08:40 PM »

MY HUSBAND HAS MY DIGITAL ON HIS TRIP!!!  AND MY DAUGHTER JUST LEFT WITH HER CAMERA!!!  grrr I will try the cell phone camera!
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
buzzbee
Ken
Administrator
Galactic Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 5488


Location: North Central PA


WWW
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2008, 05:11:19 PM »

Gee,Sounds like your getting more frustrated than an Amish electrician!!
Even if you don't catch the swarm,the remaining bees should kick it into overdrive.
Logged
annette
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 5314


Location: Placerville, California


« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2008, 05:16:24 PM »

Oh wow, how exciting to be able to see such a magnificient sight!! I know you are not happy about it, but now that it happened nothing can be done except to try to lure them back to you as everyone here is saying. And you have to accept this.

The challenges continue!!!! Good Luck

Annette
Logged
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2008, 05:25:20 PM »

It was amazing! I am SO SO grateful to have witnessed it!  WOW, the sound was incredibly loud!!  Now I am sitting on the back deck with a direct view of the bees in the oak tree...I wonder what the lil buggers will do now??

Yup I did panic a bit, I suppose like an Amish Electrician...LOL...
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
Rodni73
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 169


Location: Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey


« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2008, 06:02:22 PM »

Please keep up us updated!  Smiley
Logged
pdmattox
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1118


Location: lake city, florida


WWW
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2008, 06:48:40 PM »

If you can't get them then consider it your gift back to nature.
Logged

NWIN Beekeeper
Professional Beekeeper
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 338


Location: Crown Point, Indiana (30mi SE of Chicago)


« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2008, 06:51:51 PM »

[If you can't get them then consider it your gift back to nature.]

Kind of like Dallas looks at himself as 'a gift' to beekeeping!  rolleyes

You were in gifted classes in school, right Dallas?

--- He knows I'm JOKING with him ! --- I Hope ? ----
Logged

There is nothing new under the sun. Only your perspective changes to see it anew.
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2008, 06:53:41 PM »

A gift back to nature...I like that, they'll do what they'll do...it is pretty awesome just watching them in that tree...
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
NWIN Beekeeper
Professional Beekeeper
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 338


Location: Crown Point, Indiana (30mi SE of Chicago)


« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2008, 06:58:26 PM »

check your PM
Logged

There is nothing new under the sun. Only your perspective changes to see it anew.
kathyp
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15268


Location: boring, oregon


« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2008, 11:52:28 AM »

well?HuhHuh?
what happened??
Logged

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2008, 12:26:21 PM »

The swarm cluster has not budged from the oak tree...bees are just beginning to leave the cluster to forage I guess.

I have to leave the airport in a bit, so I can't really check anything at the moment.  I have the 2 traps sitting about 10-12 feet from the cluster at about the same height (my back deck )...

Have to leave it up to the universe now...

Hugs
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
annette
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 5314


Location: Placerville, California


« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2008, 12:29:28 PM »

OK, I will keep checking your post. This is way to exciting.

Annette
Logged
kathyp
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15268


Location: boring, oregon


« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2008, 01:18:52 PM »

they are probably sending out scouts to look for a new home. 
Logged

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
watercarving
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 205


Location: North Georgia


WWW
« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2008, 04:25:37 PM »

I remember our bees swarming when I was a kid. It was incredible and the sound was something else...

Logged

--------------
www.johncall.com - adventures in woodcarving and country life.
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2008, 04:35:28 PM »

The cluster has...vanished.  Got home just now, bees are gone...I think I will go walk the property to see if they have remained somewhere here...hope they haven't gone to the neighbor's  hahaha
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
LocustHoney
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 183


Location: North Carolina


« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2008, 05:41:07 PM »

Got to experience a swarm last year and man was it AWESOME!!! It was like a bee tornado is all the words that I can think of to explain it. Were in the south here so the big ol' tale of what to do (and ALOT of the beekeepers do it) is to get a pan and a wooden spoon and bang on it. They say it keeps the bees from flying off and makes them get lower to the ground. They story is they think it is a thunderstorm so they don't fly off. Hey, I made my wife do it while I wnet flying down the road to get a hive. Came back and seen my wife and two kids standing at the bush in the side yard jumping up and down. Hated I had to leave but seen enough to fall in love. Sorry yours got away but from the sound of it you got to see the best part....mother nature. The thing that made it so amazing to me was the fact that I knew no matter what I did I couldn't stop it! Helplessness yet powerful... shocked
Logged
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2008, 05:49:28 PM »

Golly they returned, or some other bees did!  Whoa, now trying to get them will be a challenge!
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
johnnybigfish
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2038


Location: Wichita Falls Tx


WWW
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2008, 08:27:56 PM »

HURRY, HURRY..!!
The suspense is KILLING us here!!
 The heck with letting mother nature have them!
Put up a FIGHT, Sharon!!
Knock them into a box!!..YOU can DO it!!
your friend,
john
Logged

DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2008, 08:31:14 PM »

Easier said than done...the first time they were too high, this time they are so darn low and a midget oak tree, on a fat trunk, I smacked the darn thing, couldn't get bees to fall at all...tried scraping them off with cardboard, got some clumps into the hive body, looked somewhat promising...just went out and they are back on the tree, I have no experience whatsoever...sad, because I am sure any one of you experienced beeks would have had them hived and happy in no time... Undecided
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
deejaycee
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 110

Location: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand


« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2008, 08:44:15 PM »

They'll follow the queen. 

If you didn't get them all off the trunk, then likely the queen was still on the trunk, so back the girls troop to her. 

If you haven't got a bee brush, get a clean (unused) paint brush (house size - 3-4 inch), a dust brush, even a soft broom and sweep them off.   If you're using a heavier/more solid brush than a bee brush, make sure you press it against the trunk and sweep towards the cluster of bees so you roll them all off at once, rather than pushing the brush into the cluster and squishing bees under the brush.  There'll be bees in the air, but just make sure you don't leave any bees on the trunk and you can then be pretty sure you'll have the queen.

Don't worry about trying to see the queen - it's a nice bonus if you do, but I never have in a swarm.  ONce you get her in the box you'll notice in a few minutes those bees outside the box will start trooping in towards her.
Logged
pdmattox
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1118


Location: lake city, florida


WWW
« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2008, 08:53:24 PM »

you need to plant some of the trees i keep here on my farm. Nice limber limbs makes for easy removal. grin


Logged

DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2008, 09:03:42 PM »

Sounds like a plan...if they are still there in the morning I will give it a try...OR should I wait til afternoon???
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
Jerrymac
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 6047


Location: Wolfforth Texas


« Reply #32 on: March 04, 2008, 09:26:21 PM »

Swarms are unpredictable. They could up and leave as soon as they get warm enough to fly.
Logged

rainbow sunflower  Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.   rainbow sunflower

 Jerry

My pictures.Type in password;  youview
     http://photobucket.com/albums/v225/Jerry-mac/
deejaycee
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 110

Location: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand


« Reply #33 on: March 04, 2008, 09:31:53 PM »

Jerry's right - a swarm there now is no guarantee of a swarm there in an hour, and absolutely no guarantee of them being there tomorrow. Get into em first chance you get.

Is it night where you are now?  If it's dark I'd get out and get them at first light tomorrow morning - very first light.
Logged
kathyp
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15268


Location: boring, oregon


« Reply #34 on: March 04, 2008, 09:35:34 PM »

yours sounds like one that a friend of mine had on a wooden fence post.  at the time her husband was keeping bees, so he caught them.  they were all over the post and low to the ground.  he got them goopy with syrup and used his hand to kind of peel them off into a dust pan.  he just dumped the pan in the hive and peeled some more.  i have no idea how that worked out with the queen and stuff.  i just remember he did it from the bottom up.  don't know if there was a reason for that either except that they were clumped on the top and down the sides.

after this, go buy a cheap camera for the bees!!!!!  smiley
Logged

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2008, 10:53:44 PM »

Ok first thing in the am if they are there, dust pan, and i will buy a cheap camera! I estimate there must be 3# of bees...and I am not sure they are from my hive, I am looking in my hive tomorrow to see what is going on!
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13859


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #36 on: March 05, 2008, 07:48:40 AM »

Most swarms leave the hive about mid morning and leave for the wild blue yonder about mid afternoon.  If they are sill there the next day, they are probably stuck with no where to go and the odds of them still being there actually increase, as they didn't have a destination in mind when they started.  But they still may leave any second. Or they may be stuck there forever.
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
Irwin
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2343


Location: Lakeside OR

howdy all


« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2008, 10:44:20 AM »

Come on what happend with the bee's huh
Logged

Fight organized crime!  Re-elect no one.
DayValleyDahlias
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1629


Location: Aptos, California


WWW
« Reply #38 on: December 05, 2008, 07:13:01 PM »

Hey Irwin...

I think I have another post somewhere about the swarm, I was so freaked about it.  A total of 3 swarms came to our land, I was successful in obtaining 2 with the help of many fine folks here.  The swarm Ikept lost their queen, so I did a combine with a strong colony ( the only colony I had ) they made a great new queen, nicest bees ever, very strong stock, YAY!
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather2_both_cond/language/www/US/CA/Aptos.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Aptos, California Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

"Become vegetarian/vegan, and no one gets hurt"
Irwin
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2343


Location: Lakeside OR

howdy all


« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2008, 08:46:21 AM »

Good for you  grin
Logged

Fight organized crime!  Re-elect no one.
Pages: 1 2 [All]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.274 seconds with 21 queries.

Google visited last this page October 11, 2014, 01:39:30 AM
anything