Since setting up the beehive, we have spent the entire late spring through summer
trying to lure a swarm of bees.
We are prepared!
even Miss Betty is ready to get in on the honey action
at the end of June....I gave up the lure and started trying to order a
there were NONE to be found....
I just realized that bees have a season...
this is so they have time to ready a hive to feed the queen through the winter
If you want to order a bee package...name on a list in December for the next spring!!
I don't know how you feel about Facebook (I just do it for my HPO business)
but in this case it saved my day!
A friend who lives in the country posted she had this swarm located near a tank
and needed it removed
most of the comments were about how to KILL IT!!!
NO! NO! NO!
can you believe Mr. PV canceled his golf game to help me catch it?
He gave me this antique bee smoker for my birthday last year
it still works!
It's really a one man job in a place so tight...
so I offered to document
the bees were so docile and busy building a hive they barely paid him any attention
really all he had to do was cut the very small beginnings of the comb and drop it in a box
making sure to capture the queen, the bees will stay with her...they only have interest in her
we wrap up the box, put it in the car and take it to town!
where our cute hive has been waiting patiently all summer
I added a bit of honey that I had saved from the wild hive at 822 when we first moved here
and Mr. PV...puts the bees in our hive
within a few short minutes...this jar of honey is gone!
(actually sugar water is recommended but this seemed to work)
I think they will like living here...
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
if you come across bees....please don't kill them...you will be so surprised how many keepers there are around you to come get them and take them away....we need bees!