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Keeping Bees With a Smile – NEW 2020 EDITION!
The comprehensive guide to keeping bees for free, naturally, and without any stings or hassle attached! This New 2020 Edition has lots of updates, new information, insulated hive plans, and twice as many color photographs. You’ll learn how to attract local bee swarms • have bees healthy, happy, and productive without any medicines or gimmickry • build simple hives that mimic how bees live in nature • harvest fabulous honey without stressing the bees • and much more. Exceptionally well illustrated (including dozens of detailed color photographs, diagrams, and plans). You can now reverse the global bee decline right in your backyard or your apiary – and this book shows you how!
Keeping Bees With a Smile by Fedor Lazutin & Dr. Leo Sharashkin (ed.)
ISBN 978-0-86571-9279 (pbk), 400 p., 170+ ill., 2nd Edition, 2020.
$34.99 $24.95 – Save $10! In Stock
Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives ~ by Georges de Layens
Learn directly from Georges de Layens – inventor of the world’smost popular horizontal hive with deep frames!• Discover time-tested methods boasting over 100 years of successful use.• Horizontal hives: advantages and use. Plus an honest overview of all hive systems.• Keys to success, based on decades of experience of countless beekeepers.• Extra-deep frames: advantages, design, and use.• Detailed practical advice with 250 illustrations.• Amazingly comprehensive: all you need to succeed.• One million horizontal hives in use today!• The best book on horizontal hives ever written – the complete reference we constantly use in all our horizontal hive apiaries.
Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives: A Complete Guide to Apiculture by de Layens
ISBN 978-0-9842873-6-9 (pbk), 374 p., 250 ill., Deep Snow Press, 2017.
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Raising Honeybee Queens – Never buy bees again!
Multiply your colonies and overwinter them successfully in any climate. “I was able to triple the size of my apiaries in one season by following this invaluable guidance,” says Dr. Leo Sharashkin. •Detailed, easy to understand practical advice. • Simple techniques clearly explained and illustrated. • Raise your own superior queens.• Multiple methods to choose from, whether you raise one queen or a thousand.• All hive models – vertical and horizontal. • Successful breeding, mating, and queen introduction. • Make bee packages, and produce royal jelly.• Internationally renowned author with over 30 years experience.• Over 150 full-color photos, drawings, and diagrams.• Your beekeeping will never be the same after reading this book.
Raising Honeybee Queens: An Illustrated Guide to Success by Gilles Fert
ISBN 978-0-9842873-8-3 (pbk), 144 p., 150 ill., Deep Snow Press, 2020.
HONEY FROM THE EARTH
Discover the breathtaking diversity of bees and beekeeping traditions around the world. This book takes you to 23 countries – stunning bee photography and the text written by a dozen of world’s leading bee experts. This book took 15 years to produce. You’ll be totally amazed, we promise!
Honey From The Earth: Beekeeping and Honey Hunting on Six Continents
by Eric Tourneret & Sylla de Saint Pierre. 12” x 12” Hardcover, 352 p., 300 photos.
$64.95 $49 SALE!
The Beeing: Life Inside a Honeybee Colony
Get an insider’s view of the workings of the bee colony – with totally mesmerizing photography and extensive cutting-edge commentary. The Beeing covers all aspects of bees’ lives: physiology, colony organization, foraging strategies, nest architecture, bee intelligence, reproduction, and much more. Discover the most up-to-date knowledge on the functioning of the colony, insights into beekeeping practices, and the challenges bees face today. Large format (11-3/4” x 12-1/4”).
The Beeing: Life Inside a Honeybee Colony by Eric Tourneret, Sylla de Saint Pierre, and Jurgen Tautz
ISBN 978-0-9842873-9-0, 261 p., 150 ill., Deep Snow Press, 2021.
$49.95 $45 Order now and save 10%
Beekeeping Seminar • October 22-23, 2022 • Cabool, MO
The comprehensive Natural Beekeeping workshop with Dr.Leo Sharashkin, Editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile.
• An amazing program that saves you years of trial and error! • See horizontal hives in action and learn all practical details. •
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Venue: 519 Main St, Cabool, MO 65689. Event registration does not include meals or lodging. 100% Money Back Guarantee if you cancel by September 25, 2022 (registration fees are non-refundable starting September 26, 2022).
LAYENS HIVE WITH 20 FRAMES — INSULATED
The best horizontal hive money can buy. Our highest recommendation based on many years of testing. • Insulated with 1.5” of natural wool — TEN times the insulation value of conventional hives! • Double-wall eco-plywood construction, more durable than solid wood and non-toxic to the bees. • Superior insulation mimicking the inside of a bee tree, bees’ natural environment. • Layens frames (13” long x 16” deep) are ideal for bees’ development and wintering. • Ventilated top covered with aluminum. • Corners reinforced with metal angles. • Entrance gate discs included. • Fully assembled and ready to go! • 20 premium Layens frames included, assembled and wired. • Free divider board included. • Ideal for backyard and stationary apiaries. • Optional 4th upper entrance recommended for hot climates (temp. 90°F or more). • Foundation sold separately. • Decorative panels sold separately. • For complete Layens hive management instructions read his book. • Delivery to 48 US states and Canada.
Our most popular hive model. In Stock
Standard: $499 With 4th top entrance: $529
LAYENS HIVE WITH 14 FRAMES — Heavy-duty
Heavy-duty Layens horizontal hive with 14 frames. • Solid-wood construction — strong, dense pine. • Treated with linseed oil (no paint necessary). • Heavy-gauge metal cover. • Strong corner joints covered with metal angles. • Heavy-duty hinges & hooks for closure. • Perforated-metal vents in top and bottom. • Includes 14 Layens frames, assembled and wired (tension wire with pliers before use). • Frames have straight (not tapered) end bars and 3/8” less height for best ventilation and bee traffic. • Plastic frame spacers included. • Two slot entrances with metal gates. • Impressive European workmanship — made in Spain. • Size: 25-1/2” L x 16-7/8” W x 20” H. Weight: 44 lb • Entrances: 5” L x 5/16” H. Solid pine, 11/16”-thick walls. • Foundation sold separately. • For complete management instructions read Layens book. • Delivery to 48 US states and Canada. Buy more and save!
$250 3+ hives: $225 In Stock
LAYENS HIVE WITH 12 FRAMES — SOLID WOOD
Classic horizontal hive with 12 frames. • Layens frames (13” L x 16” H) ideal for bees’ development and wintering. • Strong corner joints. • Ventilated metal-covered roof with hinges and hasp closure. • Two slot entrances for best bee traffic and ventilation. • Entrance gates serve as landing boards. • Ventilation slot in the bottom covered with perforated metal. • Does not require painting. • Two finishes available: linseed oil (renew every 2 years) or paraffin wax (permanent protection, recommended). • 12 Layens frames included, assembled and wired. • Frames have straight sides (not tapered) for best bee traffic and ventilation. • This model is ideal for multiplying your colonies quickly by making artifical swarms (splits). • Amazing European workmanship — made in Spain. • Lightweight: 32 lb. Size: 22-1/8” L x 16-3/4” W x 20” H. Entrances: 5-5/8” L x 5/16” H. Solid pine, 11/16”-thick walls. • Foundation sold separately. • For complete management instructions read Layens book. • Delivery to 48 US states and Canada.
$199 Choose finish: linseed/paraffin In Stock
LAYENS SWARM TRAP KIT — Heavy Duty
This complete Layens Swarm Trap Kit / Starter Hive has all you need to start keeping bees in a Layens hive and succeed in attracting honeybee swarms. A veritable bee magnet! Each heavy-duty kit includes:
- Hive Box – solid wood, fully assembled, dipped in paraffin wax. Hinged top and corners covered with steel. Steel entrance gate; top and bottom vents. Wt.: 25 lb.
- Six Layens Frames – assembled and wired (tension wires with pliers); straight end bars.
- Six sheets of premium wax foundation, GMO-free, to prime the frames.
- Propolis (bee resin), 1/2 oz – for scenting the box.
- Swarm lure & slow-release tubes – to scent the box.
- Ratchet Strap & Wire – to attach it to the tree.
- Instructions for success. Made in USA & Europe!
$229 3 or more: $199 In Stock
Heavy-duty swarm trap – 6 Layens frames
This deluxe swarm trap has all the features you ever wished for. • Solid-wood construction — strong, dense pine. • Dipped in paraffin wax (no paint necessary). • Heavy-gauge metal cover. • Strong corner joints covered with metal angles. • Heavy-duty hinges & hooks for closure. • Perforated-metal vents in top and bottom. • Includes 6 Layens frames, assembled and wired (tension wire with pliers before use). • Frames have straight (not tapered) end bars and 3/8” less height for best ventilation and bee traffic. • Slot entrance with metal gate. • Size: 16-3/4” L x 13” W x 20” H. Weight: 25.5 lb • Wax foundation and swarm lure sold separately. Made in Europe: remarkable craftsmanship and attention to detail.
FIVE SWARM TRAPS — BEST DEAL!
Maximize your chances of catching a swarm and get FIVE Layens swarm traps with the largest possible discount! • Solid wood (11/16” thick). • Strong metal corners. • Ventilated top and bottom. • Hinged metal top with heavy-duty hooks. • Metal entrance gate. • Dipped in paraffin — no painting necessary. • Frames included, 6 per trap, assembled, wired (tension wire with pliers); straight side bars, 3/8” reduced frame depth. • Made in Europe. • Foundation and swarm lure sold separately. • AMAZING VALUE!
$495 for 5 swarm traps In Stock
LAYENS FOUNDATION – 100% BEESWAX
Layens-size GMO-free foundation from Europe. Sweet-smelling 100% beeswax from a mountain region in Spain where bees forage on wilderness plants away from agricultural crops. This is as pure as we could find it. Deep yellow color — made from brood-comb wax readily accepted by bees. Sheets 12” wide x 14” deep. Ideal for Layens frames, following his own specifications for foundation size. Standard worker cell size (5.4 mm). Sold in bundles of 14 sheets.
Buy a full case and save 20% (it keeps many years). Amazing foundation, we love it!
$49 per bundle (14 sheets)
$249 per 22-lb case (about 90 sheets)Save $66!
LAYENS FRAMES, ASSEMBLED & WIRED
Our premium self-spacing Layens frames (12-15/16” x 15-15/16” x 1-1/2” wide; top bar 14-5/16” long). Fully assembled and wired by us in Missouri. Tapered end bar. Quality lumber. Each frame double-checked to conform to our highest quality standards and provide many years of service. Bundles of 14, 20, or 100 frames.
14 frames: $109 ($7.75/frame) In Stock
20 frames: $149 ($7.45/frame) In Stock
100 frames: $595 ($5.95/frame) BEST DEAL! Save 20% In Stock
LAYENS FRAMES – UNASSEMBLED
Our premium Layens self-spacing frames, unassembled. Top bar (14-5/16” x 1-1/2” x 3/4”). Two end bars (15-9/16” x 3/8” x 1-1/2” tapering down to 1”). Bottom bar (12-3/16” x 3/4” x 5/8”). Holes for wire predrilled in top and bottom bars. For fast and accurate assembly, we recommend: frame-assembly jig, wiring jig, air compressor with narrow-crown staple gun (1” and 3/8” staples), wire, and glue. Smaller quantities can be built with hammer and pliers.
$4.95 per frame 100+ frames: $3.50 In Stock
WIRING JIG FOR LAYENS FRAMES
If you build a lot of Layens frames, this jig makes wiring a breeze, saving you time and money. Refined after years of successful use, this is the same model we use to wire tens of thousands of Layens frames, at 40 frames per hour. Precision-built with durable brand-name clamp, ceramic rollers, sturdy hardware, and hardwood stopping blocks. Bracket sized to hold spools of our stainless steel wire. Instructions included. Made in our Missouri shop.
$199 In Stock
Frame Wire – Stainless Steel
Favorite for wiring frames for your beehives. Stainless steel resists corrosion and does not leach into wax and honey. 35% thicker than conventional tinned wire, and almost twice stronger — won’t break during wiring, easier on your fingers, and better accepted by bees. Wire .55 mm (24+ gauge). Spool 500 g (1.1 lb), 3-7/16” tall, 2-9/16” diam., with 13/16” hole. Stainless steel (304 grade). Approx. 875 ft per roll, enough for 130 Layens frames or 110 deep Langstroth frames.
$14.99 3+ rolls: $11.99 In Stock
Lemongrass Swarm Lure Kit
Lemongrass essential oil is a potent swarm lure. It is rich in citral – a natural constituent of bees’ Nasonov pheromone. It was shown to be as effective in attracting swarms as other more expensive lures. This kit includes 10 ml of premium quality 100% pure lemongrass essential oil (enough for 25 traps), a pipette, 10 reusable slow-release tubes, and instructions.
Propolis is used to scent the swarm trap to make it more attractive to swarms. Propolis is also used to make tinctures for human consumption due to its strong antimicrobial properties. It smells so good! Put the bag in a hot place (e.g., dashboard of a car parked in the sun, or 200°F oven for 5 min) to soften the propolis, then rub the inside walls and bottom of the swarm trap. 1/2 oz is enough to thoroughly scent 4 or 5 swarm traps.
$5.99 per 1/2 oz bag 3+ bags: $4.99 In Stock
Slow-release tubes for swarm lure
Slow-release tubes with integrated caps for lemongrass oil swarm lure. For best results use two per trap, half-filled with lemongrass lure. Reusable and long-lasting. 400 microliters each. Made in USA of high-quality polyethylene.
20 tubes: $5 100 tubes: $15 In Stock
UNIVERSAL LAYENS EXTRACTOR – WITH MOTOR
A universal Layens extractor, a must-have for anyone seeking the freedom of keeping bees in any hive model of your choice. • Top-quality European manufacture. • Variable-speed reversible motor. • Stainless steel throughout, intelligently engineered. • Durable metal gears. • Transparent plexiglass cover — see honey fly out of the comb. • Tangential design for quick and complete extraction. • Well-balanced and stable. •
by the leading producer of universal Layens extractors. • Honey gate valve included. • Legs included. • The most versatile extractor ever. 110V. Amazing value, made to last. Delivery to 48 US states and Canada.
Three-Frame Model (diameter 20-5/8”) takes: 3 Layens frames / 3 Deep Langstroth frames / 6 Medium frames / 6 Shallow frames / 3 Jumbo Dadant frames.
$1195 In Stock
UNIVERSAL LAYENS EXTRACTOR – MANUAL
This manual Layens extractor accepts 3 Layens frames (as well as all sizes of Langstroth and Dadant frames: 3 Lang. deeps / 6 Lang. mediums or shallows). • Top-quality European manufacture. • Easy handcrank operation (only 3 min. per load). • Stainless steel throughout. • Durable metal gears. • Transparent plexiglass cover — see honey fly out of the comb. • Tangential design for quick and complete extraction. • Safety handle design. • Well-balanced and stable. • Made in Italy. • Honey gate valve included. • Legs included. • Amazing versatility & built to last. • Barrel diameter 20-5/8”. Delivery to 48 US states & Canada.
$795 In Stock
HONEY PRESS – STAINLESS STEEL – ITALY-MADE
This beauty of a honey press is made entirely of stainless steel. Pressing honeycomb is the ancient method of honey harvest that captures all its aroma and flavor and boosts honey’s pollen count. This also separates wax with minimum honey loss. Just load comb, turn the handle, and watch honey pour out. The handle conveniently swings back for reloading. Can also be used for pressing wax cappings and fruit. 2.3-gal basket (8” dia. x 11” tall). The press: 16-1/2” W x 24” H, 26 lb. Ships double-boxed for safe delivery. Super-thick durable stainless steel. Customer comment: “WOW!!! Built like a tank. This will last a lifetime.” Made in Italy. Ships to 48 mainland US states only.
$399 In Stock
ENTRANCE GATE DISC – STAINLESS STEEL
This hugely convenient entrance gate offers five settings: open, closed, ventilation, mouse guard, and queen excluder. Our own model developed by Dr. Leo after 10 years of testing. Made of “forever-lasting” stainless steel, and will not warp in the sun. Measures 4-7/8” diameter; the main hole is 1-3/4” diameter.
$4.95 In Stock
Feeder for Layens Hives
We normally do not feed our bees, but sometimes feeders come super-handy, e.g., for feeding swarms. This feeder is specially built for Layens hives — just put between frames. Ribbed walls give bees a firm foothold and safeguard them from drowning. Holds 7 cups (1.7 qt) of liquid feed. Size: 14-3/8” long x 1-1/2” wide x 9” deep. Made in Spain of food-grade, non-toxic white plastic.
$14.99 5+: $11.99 In Stock
Raw Wool — Best Hive Insulation
The same great wool we use for making our insulated hives. Raw. Unwashed. Rich in lanolin for moisture resistance. Unfumigated. All-natural — direct from select sheep breeders in the Midwest. This fleece is by far the best insulation for beehives. Insulating a 20-frame Layens hive takes 6 to 7 lb of wool. Making pillows to put on top of the frames for wintering (and behind the division board) takes 1 lb per pillow. Unprocessed — may contain small bits of hay and other impurities.
$10 per lb 10+ lb: $7.50 In Stock
Pest Control Trays — Trap Small Hive Beetles & More
Please note: the hives we sell do NOT require these trays.
The original Freeman trap trays for pest control. You need one for screen-bottom Layens hive, or three for a Long Langstroth hive. (Can also be used with conventional vertical hives.) Sturdy and long-lasting, bright white color. 15-1/8” wide x 20-1/4” long x 1” deep. Heavy-duty plastic. Just add vegetable oil and insert under the screen bottom to catch small hive beetles, Varroa mites, wax moths, ants, etc. Can also be used for uncapping honeycomb in combination with our steel uncapping rack. Made in USA.
$19.95 per tray 6+ trays: $17.50 In Stock
Propolis Collector – Harvest Your Propolis
The value of propolis (bee resin) is several times greater than honey. This propolis collector makes harvesting your own propolis easy. Install over the brood chamber in the fall (in the Layens hive — after the last active frame) and prop up the hive cover. The bees will stuff this collector with propolis. Freeze, then flex the sheet and propolis comes right out.
Size: 19-3/4” x 15-15/16” (standard 10-frame Langstroth; easily cuts to Layens hive dimensions).
$14.99 3 or more: $12.99
LAYENS UNCAPPING RACK – STAINLESS STEEL – Made in Spain
This hugely convenient uncapping rack holds two Layens frames at the convenient angle while you uncap the cells for the honey harvest. Designed by Georges de Layens, as seen in his book. Securely clamps to our plastic trays or any receptacle (tub, even 55-gal drum!) with a rim up to 1/2” thick, to catch the cappings. No more mess during uncapping! Durable steel construction. Made in Europe.
$69 In Stock
Horizontal hives do not normally require a queen excluder as bees keep their brood in one end of the box, and store honey in the other. However, queen excluders are indispensable in queen rearing and other special applications (such as limiting the queen’s laying for mite control or increased honey production). High-quality construction from molded white plastic (no sharp edges, does not damage bees’ wings). Holes 1/8” x 3/4”. Size: 20” x 16-9/16” (standard 10-frame Langstroth; easily cuts to Layens hive dimensions and inserts vertically between frames).
$9.99 3+: $7.99 In Stock
HIVE ART PANELS FOR INSULATED HIVE – NEW!
As seen on Doug & Stacy! Decorate your horizontal hive with these gorgeous art panels created by Dr. Leo’s family. • Exactly the same designs we use in our own apiaries. • Panels fit our Layens Insulated Hive. • Professional outdoor-rated printing on durable aluminum lasts many years. • Included instructions make installation easy (measure and drill entrance holes). • Three designs available: Tiffany-Style Bee, Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt by Lada, and Medieval Russian Horses by Irina. • You will be very pleased, we promise. Size: 35 3/4” x 18 7/8”. In Stock
$199 per panel + FREE SHIPPING to 48 states
OZARK WILDERNESS HONEY – from Dr Leo’s Hives
The 2021 honey crop is here! • Rich amber color. • Fruity flavor with awesome apricot overtones. • High pollen count (many combs were packed with beebread). • Serene remote location with high biodiversity. • Wild forests and clear streams for many miles around – wildflowers free of pesticides or industrial pollutants. • We never treat bees or hives with chemicals. • Bees never fed sugar. • Kept in a way that mimics how they live in nature, our bees are healthy and thriving. • Raw, unfiltered, never heated. • Straight from the hive. • Attractive, gift-quality amphora-shape glass jars. • All revenue from honey sales supports our bee sanctuary.
2021 CROP SOLD OUT! Next harvest November 2022.
Beebread honey – Superfood
Beebread honey is the most nutritious (and delicious) food from the hive. Bees ferment wildflower pollen to produce a potent natural probiotic that they feed to their young. Honeycombs rich in beebread are aged in the hive for 1 to 3 years, then carefully harvested to produce a thick paste with a fruity taste of dried apricots. Each jar has unique color (from yolk yellow to butterscotch) depending on the pollens in the particular comb; will contain small amounts of wax. Each jar has about 20% beebread by weight (the rest is honey) and some 3 billion pollen grains from 150,000 flowers! (The same amount of pollen from store-bought honey would cost you over $1000.) Nature’s most amazing superfood from our chemical-free hives surrounded by the Ozark wilderness.
8-oz jar: $85 Small batch (June 2022) – Order Now!
Wax Cappings & Virgin Honey
The cappings obtained by scratching off the waxen seal that covers honeycomb cells have a unique taste of their own. The mixture with the virgin honey makes for a delicious natural alternative to chewing gum. Some people use it as an aid to quit smoking and chew it for stress relief and for stronger teeth and gums. We’ve been enjoying it for years, and are now offering it so you can enjoy it too! Straight from our chemical-free and sugar-free hives nested in the Ozark wilderness.
2021 CROP SOLD OUT! Next harvest November 2022.
WILDERNESS BEESWAX – from Dr Leo’s Hives
Pure 100% wilderness beeswax from our hives. We never use any chemicals and our hives are located deep in the Ozark wilderness where bees forage away from any pesticide-sprayed crops. Deep yellow color and pleasant scent. 100-gram (3.5 oz) hexagonal blocks measure 3-1/2” across and 7/8” thick. When melted, it is about 1/2 cup and goes a long way when making your eco-pure cosmetics.
$20 per 100-g block (3.5 oz) In Stock
ART OF SOARING & POWER OF LUCK
If you think you can’t sell your honey for $100/lb, you should read these books, brought to you by Dr. Leo. The Art of Soaring shows how you can succeed beyond your wildest imaginaton and transform your reality through laughter. Stop fighting, effortlessly change your life on the spot and resolve any problem — health, relationships, money. Immensely practical, filled with funny techniques to fix any situation and manifest your dreams. We use it all the time, with stunning results. Power of Luck is brilliant and uplifting. You’ll emerge from reading it with a feeling of lightness, renewed joy of life — and a smile. Massive bestsellers in many countries, these two books are produced by the same team as Keeping Bees With a Smile.
The Art of Soaring and The Power of Luck by Dolokhov & Gurangov, Dr Leo Sharashkin, Ed.
$33.90 $12 Two books for the price of one! In Stock
Donations — Thank you for your support!
Good people have asked for a donation button to support our work. Thank you! All donations and profits from our beekeeping are used to preserve natural habitat for honey bees and all forms of life. With your support, we’ve acquired over 600 acres of Ozark wilderness and saved it from logging and development. Truly a dream come true — thank you for your help!
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The optimal volume of a swarm trap for Apis mellifera (the European honey bee) is between 14L and 40L (the size of a standard hive body). Larger swarms may prefer larger traps, smaller swarms prefer smaller traps. An opening of approximately 3-5cm on the bottom of the hive is required as an entry.Can I use a bee hive as a swarm trap? ›
Turn A Deep Box Into A Bait Hive. A 42-liter, 10-frame Langstroth deep hive box is ideal an ideal size for a swarm trap. An 8-frame deep box, at 35.5 liters, will work as well, will be easier to handle, and requires fewer frames.How many frames should I put in a swarm trap? ›
Some beekeepers choose to fill the bait hive with the correct number of frames. A 10 frame box would get 10 frames – at least 1 with old comb (or a lure). The remainder could be frames with new foundation. I have found that sometimes my traps are more successful if I leave more open space.Should I put frame of honey in swarm trap? ›
So that gives them some guidance. But anyhow you want to fill the rest of the box with foundation orDo you put frames in a swarm trap? ›
I highly recommend using a box that will hold frames. Frames are not a must, but they make it much easier to move a swarm into their permanent hive later. Swarms are geared to make wax and tend to draw comb quickly. Without frames, they can quickly attach combs to the lid of the swarm trap.How long do you leave bees in a swarm trap? ›
Leave Them Alone For a Week
They should be left completely alone for 1 week. After a week has passed it is safe in inspect them and make any changes you want because by then, they should have invested in their new home with comb and brood.
How to catch a swarm of bees - YouTubeCan you put a swarm back in the same hive? ›
You can stack both the hive and the swarm side by side with queen excluder on top of each one. Then stack up the supers centered over both. You'll be able to keep both hives and get good honey for yourself as well.What is the best liquid to put in a bee trap? ›
Bait the Trap
Use a few inches of sugar water, water with jam, soda, fruit juice or another sweet liquid in the summer and fall months. Adding honey will attract honeybees, so it's important not to use this as a sweet bait. Add a bit of vinegar to the mix to keep bees out of your trap.
- Tree or building line edge where there is a change from open area to forest or taller buildings.
- 6-14 feet above the ground (Lower is safer. ...
- Entrance facing south or south east.
- Prefer semi shaded in the middle of the day visible as the bees fly by.
A tree at the edge of the woods, with a south-facing entrance out over an open area is ideal. If you want to increase your odds of attracting a swarm, you can add a swarm lure or a little bit of lemongrass oil to the box.How many times can one hive swarm? ›
Can A Beehive Swarm More Than Twice? Yes, it does happen but less frequently. This is commonly referred to as an after swarm. And each time a swarm is created, it usually consists of approximately 50% of the bee colony.How often should you check a swarm trap? ›
Traps only need to be checked about every 3 weeks or so till they come down.Should I feed a newly captured swarm? ›
Making the hive attractive: Swarms are very useful for drawing out new comb but they are also more likely to stay if you provide them with drawn out foundation. Experienced beekeepers often use a blend of new foundation and drawn out comb. Feeding: Definitely feed them.How many feet should swarm bait hives be placed off the ground? ›
It's best to hang them anywhere from 12 to 15 feet in a tree or on a post. It needs to be off the ground. Make the swarm traps highly visible so the scouts can easily see them.How big should the entrance hole be for a swarm trap? ›
A 15 cm2 opening would be a hole with a 1.72″ diameter. So a hole anywhere between 1″ and 1.5″ would be perfect. For bait, a couple drops of lemongrass oil placed inside the hive, or on a cotton swab is just about all you need. You can also include some old brood comb for additional attractant.Should I tilt my beehive? ›
The answer is “no.” Tilting a hive forward is important for anyone using a solid bottom board because rainwater or snowmelt can accumulate on the alighting board or blow through the entrance and become trapped inside the hive. A driving wind can blow in a substantial amount of precipitation.Will adding a super prevent swarming? ›
Adding a super of comb gives your bees instant room to deposit nectar outside of the brood nest. If they don't have a super or two, all that nectar crowds the cells in the brood nest and the queen doesn't find any empty cells to lay eggs in. This is considered one of the main causes of swarming.How far apart swarm traps? ›
Swarm traps should be as far away from your colonies as feasible, but not more than 1/2 mile or so.Will a bee swarm stay overnight? ›
Typically, swarms only stay in one place for a few hours or maybe a day, but some swarms may remain for several days.
So if you see bees visiting the box, it does not yet mean the swarm moved in. It can be scout bees (usually dozens, but sometimes hundreds of them) that discovered the box. After the scouts appear at the box, it usually takes 2-5 days for the swarm to arrive (although occasionally the swarm never shows up at all).How big should a swarm box be? ›
Research has shown that the preferred size of cavity is between 40 and 60 liters, and a deep box is 43 liters. While bees may adopt a box that's near the ground, the higher it is, the more attractive it will be to swarm scouts.How big should the entrance hole be for a swarm trap? ›
A 15 cm2 opening would be a hole with a 1.72″ diameter. So a hole anywhere between 1″ and 1.5″ would be perfect. For bait, a couple drops of lemongrass oil placed inside the hive, or on a cotton swab is just about all you need. You can also include some old brood comb for additional attractant.Which way do you face a swarm trap? ›
- Tree or building line edge where there is a change from open area to forest or taller buildings.
- 6-14 feet above the ground (Lower is safer. ...
- Entrance facing south or south east.
- Prefer semi shaded in the middle of the day visible as the bees fly by.
Where To Put Swarm Traps - Swarm Trapping #3 - YouTubeHow many times can one hive swarm? ›
Can A Beehive Swarm More Than Twice? Yes, it does happen but less frequently. This is commonly referred to as an after swarm. And each time a swarm is created, it usually consists of approximately 50% of the bee colony.How long will a swarm stay in one place? ›
Typically, swarms only stay in one place for a few hours or maybe a day, but some swarms may remain for several days.When should I put out my swarm traps? ›
Swarm traps should be out in the spring. That means that by mid April, you should start putting your traps out. Most swarming occurs in May and June, so you want your traps to be ready before then.How often should you check a swarm trap? ›
Traps only need to be checked about every 3 weeks or so till they come down.How many feet should swarm bait hives be placed off the ground? ›
It's best to hang them anywhere from 12 to 15 feet in a tree or on a post. It needs to be off the ground. Make the swarm traps highly visible so the scouts can easily see them.
The answer is “no.” Tilting a hive forward is important for anyone using a solid bottom board because rainwater or snowmelt can accumulate on the alighting board or blow through the entrance and become trapped inside the hive. A driving wind can blow in a substantial amount of precipitation.Should I feed a newly captured swarm? ›
Making the hive attractive: Swarms are very useful for drawing out new comb but they are also more likely to stay if you provide them with drawn out foundation. Experienced beekeepers often use a blend of new foundation and drawn out comb. Feeding: Definitely feed them.How far apart swarm traps? ›
Swarm traps should be as far away from your colonies as feasible, but not more than 1/2 mile or so.How far will bees swarm from hive? ›
The reproduction swarms of this species settle 20–30 m (66–98 ft) away from the natal nest for a few days and will then depart for a new nest site after getting information from scout bees. Scout bees search for suitable cavities in which to construct the swarm's home.What months do bees swarm? ›
Late spring is swarm season — the time of year when bees reproduce and find new places to build hives. Swarms of bees leave the nest and zoom through the air, hovering on trees, fences and houses, searching for a new home.How do you attract bees to a swarm box? ›
- Pheromones. Pheromones are the cell phones of the bee world. ...
- Hive Construction Material. This could be an old brood comb, wax, or propolis. ...
- Essential Oils. Lemongrass (see details) has long been used by beekeepers to attract swarms.
Assuming you don't have Fuzzy Bees and don't have access to the 35 Bee Area, it'd generally be the Mountain Top Field. However, there are good subs for it (like the Rose Field) and you can always use the field boosters. Pumpkin and Cactus work because they have big flowers.