Monday, March 17, 2014
Swarm Traps and Bait Hives by McCartney Taylor
Swarm Traps and Bait Hives: The Easy Way to Get Bees for Free, McCartney Taylor. self-published?: Out Of A Blue Sky, 2011. e-book, 53 pps.
Swarm Traps and Bait Hives is for the bee keeper that is wanting to obtain bees at no cost. The author is thorough and has many valid tips and suggestions. Why hives swarm is explained along with some basic history. Lemon Grass Oil and a bit of old comb are suggested as bait to attract the bees into the temporary structure. Once the bees are settled, they can be transferred to your more permanent set-up. Of particular interest to the hesitant bee-keeper is the chapter on safety. It is noted that the use of ladders is not recommended. If the bees get pissed off, retreating from a ladder without injuring oneself is difficult.
sapphoq reviews says: Although my favorite bees are hover bees [also called wood bees or sometimes mason bees] that don't produce honey but do pollinate lots of blooms for me, the information in this book is highly valuable to now and future beekeepers.
I do plan to keep honey bees a couple of summers from now. My cousins kept bees years ago and I got to see that hive set up. A bee hatched in my hand which was pretty cool.
Bees are very important to our well-being because without them, flowering plants and flowering fruits and vegetable plants would not get pollinated.
Keeping bees is another way to say to company or companies wishing to monopolize seeds, crops, fertilizer, and bug sprays "No thanks. You cannot dictate to us what we will do." There is something infinitely satisfying about growing things from seeds that we harvested ourselves. And even better, the knowing that the fresh foods from our gardens have not been genetically engineered.
Get this e-book if you might ever be in a position to do some bee-keeping. Bees are vital.
N.B.: http://www.LearningBeekeeping.com is worth investigating for more info.