• Beekeeping

    What to Do After Catching a Swarm of Bees

    For beekeepers, a swarm can mean free bees. But they must know how to catch a swarm and know what to do after catching a swarm of bees.  What is a Swarm? A swarm is basically a large group of flying insects.  In beekeeping, swarms occur when a single bee colony splits into two.  This is the colony’s natural way of reproducing.  Swarming usually happens in spring, when the hive becomes overcrowded, but it can occur all season long.   One sign that the colony is preparing to swarm is the production of queen cups. The queen will then lay eggs in the queen cups to make a new queen for…

  • Beekeeping Supplies

    Swarm Traps – Where to Place Them and When to Put Them Out

    A bee swarm is a really remarkable thing to see.  Swarming is the colony’s natural way to reproduce.  For beekeepers, it is also an opportunity to get free bees.   Beekeepers place swarm traps out in order to capture the swarm and move them to their own hives. This article will discuss where to place swarm traps, when to put out swarm traps, and honey bee swarm traps for sale. Why do Bees Swarm? In a beehive, swarming occurs when one colony splits into two.  It is something beekeepers must manage if they don’t want to lose half of their bees. If you are able to trap a wild swarm, it…

  • Bees

    Why do Bees Swarm?

    In beekeeping, swarming occurs when a single colony splits into two colonies.  This normally happens during the spring, but occasionally bees will swarm during other seasons.  When the colony starts to get too large, the existing queen and half of the bees will leave to find another home.  This phenomenon allows the colony to reproduce.  It’s something the colony does to survive and thrive.  Both the original colony and the swarm colony will have their own queens, so in the end, more bees will be made.  The Swarming Process Preparation Once the hive starts getting crowded, the colony will make the decision to swarm. They will prepare for this by…