While most folks living in Southeast Louisiana are enjoying the many different colors of the flowers that are blooming all around us, all I’m thinking about is the early nectar flow and swarms of bees.
Earlier this week I got a frantic call from a homeowner in Slidell, Louisiana saying there were bees flying all over her back door. She said there were so many that they could not even open the door or let the dog out of the back door. The next day, she sent me pictures of bees all over the soffit on the back of her home, they had moved in.
Removing a swarm of bees that have newly taken up residence is not as difficult as removing an established hive. Now, I had worked on a removal most of the day on Saturday and did not get to Slidell till almost 4 in the afternoon, but I felt confident I could get the job done before the sun went down. Well, I almost made it. By the time I had removed the bees and gotten back to the abbey to release them, it was way past dark thirty, and I had to use the lights on the truck to get things set up.
Despite setting up the hive and releasing the bees in the dark, things turned out very well. I returned on Sunday to finish the job, and that went just as smooth. So, get ready to watch another swarm capture as my swarm count continues to grow and leave the Dirt Rooster further behind me in our swarm capture challenge. God’s peace to all.