To collect swarms of bees or not?
Jul 21, 2022
Everyone must decide this for themselves, but we do not do it for several reasons
1. lack of time. when the bees swarm beekeepers themselves have a lot of work and we do not have time to collect them
2. false alarm. very often the information that there are bees to collect is wrong. it turns out that they are not bees but wasps or bumblebees.
3. costs. the travel to collect the colony, replacement of the queen and maintenance of the colony is a cost that exceeds the value of the colony.
4. health reasons. bees swarming take with them a certain amount of food. if in the old colony there was a disease, viruses or bacteria, we bring them to the apiary and infect other hives. we can't afford it and this is the most important reason why we don't collect bees that escaped from the hive.