Making a bee scoop for your swarm collection kit


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One of the quickest and easiest tools you can make to ease the swarm collection process is a bee scoop. This scoop comes in handy if the swarm of bees is clumped on a solid, flat object such as a fence or wall. The scoop can also be used for easily removing swarms from the ground (eg. footpath).

To make the scoop, cut the bottom off a milk container with a pair of scissors… and it will end up looking something like this:




It’s best to find a milk container that has the handle of the carton on the side/flat surface rather than the corner, as it makes holding the scoop against flat surfaces easier:



Here is a scoop in action last year removing bees from an ornamental structure in a backyard:


We also have a video of the bee scoop in action from the first swarm of last season on a wooden post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-otow5XU3U
@Roland63 was also spotted using a bee scoop in the following swarm collection http://forum.canberrabees.com/t/sunday-17-sept-swarm-grab/134/2