Preferred Nest Sites

When a bee swarm looks for a new home, it tries to fulfill the following requirements as much as possible. The more requirements that match, the more attractive the location is as a home.

  • 40-liter volume (Africanized bees probably accept much smaller)

  • ~15-foot height

  • At least 100 meters from parent hive

  • 1.5-2 square inch entrance

  • Entrance located near the bottom of the cavity

  • Well-shaded/cooled

  • Presence of previously drawn wax/honeybee hive

A well designed swarm trap fits all of the above requirements.