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A lovely day and the bees are busy – pity the mouseguard on the hive is stopping them entering the hive easily! What should the beekeeper do?
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Swarming season is here!
Your bees will often try to swarm in May or June, especially if the weather is warm. What can you do?
– Inspect your colony every week. Look for occupied queen cells.
– Get help to make an artificial swarm if you find some!
– Give the bees space – space for bees, space for the queen to lay and space for storing nectar.
– Have plenty of spare brood boxes and supers and frames with foundation or drawn comb ready.
– Mark your queen, if you haven’t done this already, she will be much easier to find if you have to make an artificial swarm!
– If possible, don’t go on holiday in May or June!
– Setting up a bait hive with some frames of old combs smelling of bees is also a good idea (just in case a swarm arrives).
If a swarm does emerge from your colony, then make sure you go through the swarmed colony immediately to check for queen cells. Leave just one open cell, remove all the rest.
Hard work but well worth it!
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