Southern New Mexico Beekeepers


Southern New Mexico Beekeepers

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Another petition

Here is another petition from Credo, I don’t see a conflict in signing two petitions, we sure could use the pressure.

My bees thank you!


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Dog Canyon 1 Reply

Has anyone got the bees in Dog Canyon yet? If not, I will go. Claude Claflin 575-430-2911Continue

Started by Claude Claflin. Last reply by Rob Shepler 23 hours ago.

Swarm 7 Replies

A student told me this morning that there was a swarm around one of her trees yesterday afternoon, and they were still there this morning, and they settled on the tree a bit later. I'm too new to…Continue

Started by Gloria Villaverde. Last reply by Paul McCarty on Friday.

New Hive 1 Reply


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher. Last reply by Paul McCarty Apr 10.

Pics of bees and Bloosoms


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher Apr 10.

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Comment by Ralph Ketter on February 22, 2014 at 4:36am

Ken, I too wanted to use larger ID tubing.  I have another vacuum design in mind but haven't made it yet.  My thought is to transistion to larger ID tube at the end to slow down the velocity and to also have that section going up vertically to allow gravity to help slow them down.  I'm picturing the catch screen being a long cylinder made of screen and contained inside one of those round cardboard concrete form tubes for the vacuum attachment.  I was planning on the bottom of the catch screen being made with a short piece of 4" PVC so that it can be easily capped with a 4" PVC cap.

To remove the bees, I would rig up a way to allow them to move out on their own.  It would be very hard to shake them out when they are clinging to the screen.  For a top bar or long hive I would try to just lay it in the bottom.  For a Lang, maybe a temporary top with a 4" hole would work.  So far, it's just an idea that works perfectly in my mind.  I'm sure if I get around to building it, the perfect idea will reveal it's flaws.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 21, 2014 at 10:41pm

Paul, When I first fired the vac up I tried it out at full suck and thought it would surely sweep bees off their feet. In the cluster when they are joined together, not so much. I did use full power but backed off for fear of injuring too many bees. They would just make a clog then disappear like the Jetsons. I'm thinking a layer of foam at the bottom of the bucket might help the rebound fatalities.

A larger intake should slow down the airspeed of the bees without compromising efficiency I hope, so I'm now looking for some 1" ID tubing to try. Also need to try to figure a way to make the netting cling to the bucket without tape. Always lose some to the adhesive.

Ralph, you can have your vac back anytime but I would appreciate the loan until I can copy your design. I might need some pointers as to how you did a few things.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 21, 2014 at 8:55pm

Rob, I did a trap out by the airport last year. What was the address? When my hives get going and I start splitting, I might take a crack at it unless it is 20' up or something.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 21, 2014 at 8:53pm

Ken, sounds like my vac - which is badly in need of replacing and wore out. Mostly clogged with detritus. Using a vac is an art and a science.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 21, 2014 at 7:52pm


One of my biggest concerns was the bee vac. I had to run it at almost full power to get the cluster to let go and give me bees. Then I would have a bee clog about 2" thick and I would have to tap the end of the hose to make them let go.

Ralph's design is very good I think but I chose to enlarge the suction hose from 5/8" ID to 3/4" ID. We are using smooth walled vinyl tubing in the hopes the bees will have less traction than with the corrugated hose. So far it seems about the same but I have only 2 experiences using a bee vac so who knows?

I'm hoping the swarm takes hold for my friend. He is really interested in this thing and will absolutely devour information and remember it so I am loaning him my copy of The Hive and The Honeybee.

If any of you can recommend good books please let me know.

Also, a special thanks to Rob for giving me the call and answering the phone every one of the hundred times I called with patience and good advice.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 21, 2014 at 6:17pm

Bill, why don't you make the call, go out and see her and get some photos. Let's talk about them online and see if we can get you those bees? A trap out is a long process, you will have help.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on February 21, 2014 at 6:11pm

Whoever plans to go out on this trap out, I would like to go along to watch and learn, and get some experience.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 21, 2014 at 6:07pm

A trap out potential near the airport in Alamogordo, don't know too much about it as my wife took the message. If you are interested in it call Kiki Holland at 575-443-4003. Let me know if you go so we don't double up on it. Thanks!

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 21, 2014 at 5:44pm

Ken - honestly the only way to learn this stuff is by getting dirty and doing it. You can sit around and listen to people talk all day, but actually doing it trumps everything.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 21, 2014 at 4:24pm

Great job KEN!


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