How to Attract a Bee Swarm to a Bait Hive – Honeybees for Free!

Permaculture Magazine
Monday, 29th March 2021

Maddy and Tim Harland from Permaculture Magazine explain how to 'bait' the hive to mimic Queen pheromones, film the scout bees arriving the day before and then the full swarm entering the hive the next day.

Bees return to the same locations year after year and it is easy to catch swarms and then carefully house them in hives.

All of the bees in the apiary shown here are either from a split or swarms of local bees. Filmed in the Harland's permaculture garden.

Music by kind permission of Tygermylk http://tygermylk.com

Useful links

Growing trees for bees

The early polleniser polyculture - plant for bees

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