I know the feeling! My newest trick is using the excluder to keet the queen in...In 2 weeks Ive caught 3 swarms( mostly likely from my own hives)..My last one, I did like always, using the excluder, shaking the limb, getting covered in bees, and then watching the bees go into the hive box....But, the other day, my most recent catch was Jumping Ship!! :shock:..They flew up into a tree limb and piled on...Then after awhile, they all flew back into the box....Then, the next day after work..... :(..well....They were all gone..I couldnt find them anywhere.
But, I coulda done more, like give them built comb...Or used pledge like the first two before this one...But, 2 out of 3 so far isnt bad! I even had a call from entomol,ogy telling me about a swarm they left for me to catch out on the flitline....on a fireplug...But, when i got there it had turned from a basketball to a palm full of bees...I could smell bugspray.... :'(....Somebody went out there, sprayed them, and then stomped on them( I found the mashed piles of bodies and some of the few survivors had mashed stomachs and broken wings)
But like Kathy says, you did what you could....Sometimes they stay and sometimes they bail...
Ive been so excited about swarms now that I ordered 10 inner covers and 10 feeders, and 72 bottles...Im even wondering if I'm gonna run outta stuff!
Dont worry...theyre'll be more coming your way!