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Offline rober

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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2021, 01:33:52 pm »
Or,  caller..."They're just up the bank a bit" ... he said

me ... "Hi Bob, I would be happy to help you check your hive"


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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2021, 08:31:39 am »
Nor should you believe them when they tell you how long the bees have been there.

“Just a couple of days.” = A really big, well established colony.
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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2021, 10:15:51 am »
Another fact to question...is it really honey bees or some other flying insect?
Pictures are always good to ask for.  Almost everyone has a cell phone these days.

Wandering Man: "Just a couple of days." = they could relocate at any moment too!

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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2021, 11:18:15 am »
And don't believe them when they tell you how absolutely enormouss the swarm is.  From my experience,  swarms tend to be about one third of their  described size. 
Non  professional beekeepers seem to have magnifying glasses in their eyes whe they see a swarm.

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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2021, 11:42:42 am »
Or ... "When was the last time you check on your hive?" ...


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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2021, 07:22:10 am »
On cutouts I’ve also taken to asking when the last time the homeowner sprayed them was, not if they sprayed them, as the truth is never told there either.

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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2021, 07:23:09 am »
title says it all.
I am curious how far off were they? :laugh:


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Re: NEVER EVER EVER believe a caller about how high up a swarm is
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2021, 05:47:07 pm »
Or .... "Did you remember to treat for varroa mites this spring?"



MmHm... swut I thought
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