Most beekeepers eventually have bad backs. Mine was dodgy even before the beekeeping and my garden trolley does help me keep going. But I don’t inspect if it is having a bad day or so which is why I decided a bait hive was a necessity, to stand a chance of luring a swarm if one occured. Sometimes I add some lemon grass oil or similar. I’ve given up buying swarm lure. My bait hive has some limitations. It isn’t high up and perhaps it is too close to the original hives.
So I was really intrigued to read in Rusty’s blog about her swarm trap. I haven’t worked out how to reblog from a non WordPress site so I need to add a link to it – she says it so much better than I. Perhaps making one in its likeness would be a good idea on this wet Bank Holiday Monday?