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    Lantz Mattinson
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    Good day,
    I have six hives bought from Beeware that bees just won’t settle in, no matter what I do. I’ve re-coated with Waxol, I’ve tried every trick in the (beekeeper’s) book…….but as I put a swarm in the box, I can just stand and watch how they exit and leave. I’ve tried all of these six boxes on different occasions, with different lures and remedies………..but have already lost something like TEN swarms that I collected, put them with queen and brood in the box………just to have them exit and fly away.

    Why is this happening and what can I do about it?

    Johann Marx

    #1096

    Lantz Mattinson
    Keymaster

    Farai Chimongwe: Its normal bees leaving the hive soon you placed them in a new hive.to prevent that clip the queen in a qclipper for about 4days daystill u see your bees have established.
    Or place queen gauze by the entrances.
    And how good is the floras in the place you relocate them.
    U may take them else .may be there could be a turn of atmosphere in the hive.
    There my be diferent other causes too.

    #1097

    Lantz Mattinson
    Keymaster

    Danny Ross: If your boxes are new the bees won’t stay very readily get some slumgum and rub it over the inside surfaces and frames to make it smell of bees

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    Lantz Mattinson
    Keymaster

    Fanie Booysen: Paint the whole box on the inside with the melted wax comb slumgum. The bees don’t like Waxol, especially if it is not completely dry inside.

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