It was exactly nine days ago that my hive number four threw a gigantic swarm that landed in a fir tree. Today was exactly the same. After several days of cold and rainy weather, today dawned bright and warm. This time I was weeding my pollinator garden when I heard the unmistakeable sound of a swarm.
When I got close enough to see it, it was like watching reruns. Bees were still rushing from the entrance when I got there, circling above the hive, and gathering in the same fir tree, on the same branch, high on the embankment.
After watching in awe for a few minutes, I went to the house for my trusty bottle of Swarm Commander. If you recall, after the first swarm emerged, I put swarm lures in the four flower-pot shaped swarm traps that are in trees, and sprayed four bait hives that were sitting on the ground with Swarm Commander. It took four nights, but the bees finally chose one of the bait hives.
So today I decided to re-spray the three remaining bait hives. I sprayed one, but when I got the second I couldn’t believe my eyes: it was already populated! When I wasn’t paying attention, another swarm had decided that was their new home. So now the Swarm Commander is 2 for 2. Sorry if I sound like an advertisement, but I’m really impressed with the stuff.
So once again I’m in a holding pattern, hoping this new swarm might like one of my offerings. Right now, I see no scouts anywhere, so either they aren’t ready to scout or they have a more distant abode in mind. We shall see. In the meantime, this is too much fun.
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