Kevin Schwebel
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Paul McCarty replied to Kevin Schwebel's discussion Anyone interested in a trap-out? in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"That looks easy enough. I can't get to it for several weeks if I try."
Mar 11
Kevin Schwebel added a discussion to the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
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Anyone interested in a trap-out?

Hi everyone.I had a call from a friend here in Las  Cruces with a bee issue.  He has an established colony in a hollow tree that needs a new home.  It's in a mobile home park that he owns, and the residents are nervous.  I took a look, picture is below.  It looks like there's only one opening, but who knows...  They tell me that the colony was there through last summer, and is still going strong.  I counted bee traffic, and there were more than 30/minute coming in this afternoon. The hollow is…See More
Mar 11
Kevin Schwebel commented on Rob Shepler's group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"@ James...sorry, thought I'd replied. I ordered from a place in California called Shamrock S. They'd had good reviews, so thought I'd give them a try since they had the cordovan Italians I was looking for.   Here's the…"
Jul 11, 2013
Kevin Schwebel commented on Manda Clair Jost's blog post Southwest survivors: how defensive is still manageable?
"I'd have to agree with Jessie, being a semi-urban beekeeper.  Even if I can deal with the aggression, it's not worth the risk to neighbors, passers-by, or my wife's sanity.  She's not at all comfortable with angry bees.…"
Jul 11, 2013
Kevin Schwebel replied to Kevin Schwebel's discussion swarm in my yard in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"Agreed, Paul.  I checked in on them this morning, and they've made queen cells since Saturday, believe it or not. We pulled all the frames over the weekend - no queen cells.  Today, I pulled one frame and found 2 cells on it, so…"
Jul 9, 2013
Paul McCarty replied to Kevin Schwebel's discussion swarm in my yard in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"Don't kill the queen cells - leave them in case you can't get one. Leo Varela might have a queen - look up Micha's Honey House. He is in Anthony. If all else fails - growing your own is still a good option. If you are worried about…"
Jul 9, 2013
Kevin Schwebel added a discussion to the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
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swarm in my yard

Well, it's been a strange season here so far. Very dry, yet one of my colonies is full to overflowing. It seems they did actually overflow. I was out working on my grill the other day, looked up an a previously empty nuc and saw something strange. Thinking I'd gotten lucky, I grabbed some gear and swept them into the empty nuc. In the process I found the queen...with the nice red '13 mark I put on her in April. She'd moved this herd about 12 feet from where she started out.I guess this worked…See More
Jul 9, 2013
Kevin Schwebel commented on Rob Shepler's group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"Anyone have queens? I find myself short one.  I tried to order one, but she just showed up DOA.  I could certainly grow one, but was looking for a cordovan color and some new genes."
Jul 9, 2013
Kevin Schwebel commented on Rob Shepler's group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"I can take a look at them and see what's up "
May 3, 2013
Kevin Schwebel replied to Rob Shepler's discussion Winter losses in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"Yes.  I'm not precisely in the valley, but on the East Mesa within a few miles of farmland. Pretty much every place in Las Cruces is probably within flying distance of some sort of cropland.  "
Apr 6, 2013
Kevin Schwebel replied to Rob Shepler's discussion Winter losses in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"I lost 3 of 3, but not sure if I'd count it as winter kill; I had another issue, probably pesticides that finished the job. For the sake of discussion, here's what happened: The hives all had a good year, although one had queen troubles…"
Apr 6, 2013
Paul McCarty replied to Kevin Schwebel's discussion Hello again in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"No, you MUST get the hive entrance within inches of the cone or they will simply be stuck on the cone and die. I route the cone through the back of my trap, more or less, and it gives them a new hive entrance."
Apr 6, 2013
Kevin Schwebel replied to Kevin Schwebel's discussion Hello again in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"Thanks Paul.  So, from what I'm reading, putting a cone over the entrance and baiting them into a hive on the ground won't really work?  There's no way I'm getting a box up under eaves 25 feet off the ground. "
Apr 5, 2013
Paul McCarty replied to Kevin Schwebel's discussion Hello again in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"By the way, Nucleus hives work well for traps, because they are small. You just have to check them more often and change them out when they get full - and they will very quickly."
Apr 5, 2013
Paul McCarty replied to Kevin Schwebel's discussion Hello again in the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
"Trap outs involve a lot of time and effort. I prefer cut-outs myself. That being said, trap outs can be done fairly easily if you have the right stuff. The hardest part is finding a way to mount the hive and remove it when it is done (they are VERY…"
Apr 5, 2013
Kevin Schwebel added a discussion to the group Southern New Mexico Beekeepers
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Hello again

Hi all,It's been a while since I posted on here, but I'm back into bee ranching.  Had some bad luck late last November (long story) and ended up losing all my bees but have just hived some new ones. I want to ask some of you who do lots of captures: Anyone have any tips on trap-outs? (Looking at Paul....)We have friends who have a colony reoccupying an old hive in their house.  It's in the eaves of a two-story log home.  Last time they had honey running down their walls inside the house in the…See More
Apr 5, 2013

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At 7:10am on August 27, 2012, Elaine M. Hampton said…

Thanks  Did you get those bees? 

 
 
 

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