Why bees are important to us.

Local bee hive site opportunities

We are always looking for suitable sites to locate beehives, so if you are interested please call us on 02922 401649

If you have some good photos of bees on various flowers and bee swarms that you don’t mid us using we would love to hear from you.

Please send photos to photos@swarmcatcher.co.uk

 

 Bait hive tips

Attractant – you can drop all your old queens into a bottle of lemongrass oil then place old comb in swarm trap with a few drops of oil on the old frame

Lemongrass oil (Cymbopogon citratus) by itself or if you want to mimic the Nasonov pheromone slightly more accurately (citral, geraniol, and nerolic+ geranic acids) it’s roughly 10 parts lemongrass oil, 5 parts geranium oil and one part lemon oil and if added to a small amount of warmed beeswax and olive oil and allowed to cool it creates a putty that attenuates the release of the oils.

Additional reading by Diane Elizabeth Drinkwater on bait hives and swarm behaviour can be found at

https://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/handle/1813/2653/Bait%20Hives%20for%20Honey%20Bees.pdf

 

Swarming Honey bee process

Tom Seeley, author of “Honeybee Democracy”

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnnjY823e-w

Professor of neurobiology and behavior, reviews the history of behavioral studies of foraging honeybees and explains the process by which swarming honeybees choose a new home in his November 17, 2011 lecture to Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti (CAPE).

 

 Bee Removal and Re-homing

If you have a bee swarm or bee colony contact a bee keeper; someone who cares, not just an exterminator who will kill the bees and charge you for it.

For situations the beekeeper can’t help then call us – we specialise in these problems.

For bee swarms in Cardiff and surrounding area give us a call on 02922 401 649 and we will relocate them for you.

We cover all of Devon, Dorset, North Cornwall, Somerset and South East Wales.

For Bee Removal in S. West and S. Wales call the Swarm Catcher on 02922 401 649