“Swarm Trapping” is the follow-up to the manuscript on chasing swarms. Swarm trapping is another aspect to free bees that entails catching that runaway swarm even when I’m not around and in places I can’t alway be. I began to think about creating some kind of a temporary location that would attract the scout bees so I wouldn’t necessarily have to be present to retrieve the swarm.
Beekeeping is an expensive hobby, but the enterprising bee keeper can expand their operation with free bees. Honey bees swarm every spring and to those who know where to look and how to rescue these swarms, "Free Bees" details the steps necessary to acquire these swarms of honeybees for a few minutes of you time and a little fuel to arrive at the swarm site. This manuscript details the how-to.
I keep honey bees for a variety of reasons. Primarily, I am fascinated by these incredible creatures. I love their work ethic! I stand in awe as I observe the intricate and delicately balanced social order. But most of all, I raise bees to produce honey which, in turn, makes me money. I am a small-scale, commercial beekeeper. I started as a hobbyist and this endeavor became profitable.