Swarm Traps and Bait Boxes
What's on this page?
- What are swarms really?
- Why should I want a swarm trap on my
- What is it?
- How do we do this?
What are swarms really?
Every year most honeybee colonies
swarm. This is the process by which the
queen of the colony leaves with about
half the workers and flies out into the
world to found a new colony at a new
location. The colony will find a place,
usually in a tree, to cluster.
This cluster will send out scout bees to
search for new possible homes. The
scouts will return and try to convince
the rest of the colony which is the best
of the prospective homes.
By Mark Osgatharp - Own work, CC BY-SA
Why should I want a
swarm trap on my property?
Unfortunately, if you do not have your
home or outbuildings properly sealed,
they may move into a place that you do
not appreciate, causing an expensive
ethical removal or heaven forbid, an
This is your chance to help the bees if
you don't want to become a
beekeeper. What bees are really
suffering from in this world is lack of
forage and lack of habitat. Every
year, more and more hollow trees in
which they live are cut down or fall
down, especially in populated
areas. Many people want to "help
the bees" but when the bees are found,
they just want to get rid of them.
The only realistic way to "help the
bees" or "save the bees" is by giving
them a place to live and planting
flowers so they can eat. While I
recommend planting flowers, I'm here to
help provide the homes.
You get to be the
shepherd of this process,
protect your property, help
save the bees, and best of
all, it's free.
What is it?
A swarm trap (not actually a trap) is a
box specially designed to be extremely
attractive to swarms and so chances are
they'll move into the box rather than
your eave or wall or chimney. Once that
happens, I simply move the colony to
another location where they can make
honey and do all the other things bees
do. The box is actually a well
secured bee hive with a pheromone lure
inside to attract the scout bees.
It is unobtrusive, about the size of a
small microwave oven and can be placed
up in a tree out of the way, set on the
edge or corner of a deck or patio, or on
the ground in an out of the way place.
How do we do this?
How it works: It's very simple. You call
or email or Facebook me (info on my
Contact Page), express your interest in
a swarm trap, and we'll discuss where to
put it, a tree, deck, or roof area will
work. Then we wait. When you see a bunch
of bees coming and going from the box,
call me and I'll come pick it up. The
number is even on the box.
It's fun, kinda like fishing, only you
get to help save a species that is so
important to our food supply and
ecosystem. Like fishing, the
chances of catching a swarm are the same
as casting a lure into a river.
The chances of catching a fish are based
on the lure, the fishing hole, the
number of fish in the hole, and whether
or not they are hungry. Some
locations will catch a swarm almost
every year with poor bait. Some
locations will never catch a swarm even
with the best bait.
Swarm traps are in limited supply so
call to get yours today. Swarm season
starts in March, so make sure you get
one in place before then. Think there
are no swarms in your area? Absolutely
there are. Last year, I caught three of
them on my back porch within Medford
City limits. They can travel for miles
until they find the right home.
Am I close enough to you?
I serve all of Jackson and