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January 2024

Check out the positive things that Fred Dunn had to say about the SwarmReacher during the Honey Bee Expo in podcast episode 240. 

SwarmReacher at Honey Bee Expo featured on Podcast

Sandra's Success

From: Sandra
Sent: Saturday, April 8, 2023 10:28 PM
To: Marin Beekeepers Association 
Subject: [Buzz] Re: My bees swarmed (update)
 
Hi all, wanted to give an update on my saga. I received a lot of helpful tips and offers to help. Alas, I wasn't quite prepared immediately to take action. But over the course of 3 days, I can say that I have successfully captured my swarm!


---long story below---


Day one - I frantically sent the email to the Buzz. Thank you to everyone who responded. I had to purchase a top and bottom board for a box I had at home already. I made my way to FBF just at closing time, Jim quickly helped get the items I needed and suggested a widget that attaches to a frame and pole to catch swarms. So I bought it. Thank you!! I headed to the garden where my hives were and placed a box under the tree, as a few members and Bonnie suggested, then I crossed my fingers that perhaps the ladies would magically make their way overnight  I was also reminded that the club meeting was the same day and the topic was swarms. I was able to make it to the meeting and confirm with Bob, inventor of the widget, on the type of pole I needed to purchase. Thanks to Bob for inventing the gadget.


Day Two - I headed to Home Depot and purchased a 20ft telescoping window washing pole. It was drizzling outside and I worried about the bees’ wings getting wet. I nervously drove back to the garden and with the help of a good friend I was able to use the pole and frame holder to remove the swarm from the tree. It was a long process, slow and steady, carefully bringing down the disturbed bees frame by frame.  The bees were mad, wet, and it was a bit of messy process with some bees raining from the top branches. I could only hope the queen would not perish in the process. I never saw her and after 2/3 of the cluster were in the box, I had to call it good. I added fondant from Priddy Acres, infused with lemongrass, and crossed my fingers the remaining bees would make their way to the box.


Day Three - I visited my bees today and low and behold, no more bees in the tree and buzzing bees coming and going from the new box. I know they can still decide to leave so I let them bee and I'll check in on them this Wednesday.
 

It was quite the adventure and I know more await.


Sandra


Photos of the swarm: https://photos.app.goo.gl/tDSa15D4uvPAQmpo6

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Hi Bob,
Yes you can share my story. The swarmreacher worked as designed and I am not sure what I would have done without it as the bees were up too high for a bucket.


You have a great invention.
Thanks, 
Sandra

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