|Bait hive with plywood cover and bottom. 1" hole is the entrance.||Photo by John E.|
Swarming is going on all over the state. Beekeepers that have not divided their overwintered colonies are kindly donating their bees to other beekeepers. Having a bait hive in a tree is an easy way to catch one of these free hive of bees. Using a deer stand in a tree is a slick way to put up the bait hive. A frame of drawn comb is a good attractant to get the bees to move in. The box should be a deep. Anything smaller the bees might not move into it.