01 Jun '11, 3pm

How to Collect a Swarm of Honey Bees

how to keep bees on the roofs of New York City , a passionate discussion emerged between commenters Judith Moran and Doug Ittner. Judith was advocating for "holisitic", chemical-free beekeeping, while Doug warned that not treating bees risks spreading disease and pests. It's an ongoing debate—and has cropped up previously in my posts on tough love beekeeping and top-bar hives . But one thing that both alternative beekeepers and many conventional ones have in common is their willingness to collect wild swarms. Not only does this remove bees from areas where the nervous public may poison them, but it also promotes stronger strains of "survivor" bees that are trying to perpetuate their genes. But how the heck do you capture a swarm?

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