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Swarm Trapping bees with a Mobile Swarm Trap – Michael Jordan – KM104

This week we are talking to Michael Jordan from Wyoming. We talk about Bee swarms and how to catch them. Michael also explains how to build his Mobile Swarm Trap. This is Episode One hundred and four of our beekeeping podcast.

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Michael Jordan better know as the Bee Wisperer is from Cheyenne in Wyoming. He has been keeping bees for many years and has never meet Sheriff Longmire.

Michael is a returning guest and today we are talking about Swarms and his ingenious designed swarm traps.

Michael’s first interview Sep 2015 on kiwimana can be found HERE

This interview was recorded in October 2016

You have to Learn from Nature, I've never seen a big opening in a Tree thats a foot long that the bees are using as an entrance. Its always a well guarded hole

Michael Jordan

Here is what you will discover

  • How to build Michael’s Mobile Swarm Trap
  • How does Mobile Swarm Trap work?
  • How to determine the best area to place your Swarm Trap
  • What does Michael use for a Swarm Lure
  • How Michael catches 90% of the swarms from his Bee Yards

Resources mentioned in the show

The easy to build mobile swarm trap

Photos of the Mobile Swarm Trap

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2 thoughts on “Swarm Trapping bees with a Mobile Swarm Trap – Michael Jordan – KM104

  1. Wouldn’t the swarm trap bucket get too hot for a colony?

    1. In zones 3 to 6 no.
      Your too check swarm traps every 3 days.
      This trap is mostly for swarm tracking, bee tree catching, and apiary swarm control.

      In places of zones 5-9 you can place an unbrella on the top lid of the bucket for shade. You can cut out 4″ long by 1″ wide slots in the bucket and place screen on the inside to help with ventilation.

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