Swarming continues to be one of our toughest bee colony management challenges. Using a proactive management we can seek to prevent the circumstances that begin swarm behavior but can we effectively control swarming once colonies begin rearing swarm cells? If there is anything that might approach a failure-proof management it is creating nucs. Swarm prevention and control are highly interventive - are you ready for the challenge? And if not what can more easily be done to reduce negative impacts?
Dr Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University. Professional appointments were Cornell (1968-70), Univ of Maryland (1970-81) and U Delaware 1981-2009, serving as entomology chair at the last 2. Dewey retired from Univ of Delaware in 2009 and moved to Portland, OR to be closer to grandkids. He remains active in bee education, writing for newsletters, giving Bee Short Courses, assisting in several Master beekeeper programs and giving presentations to local, state and regional bee clubs. He is author of Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping, major textbook used in University and Association bee courses and have a new bee book (my 10th) The Complete Bee Handbook published by Rockridge Press in 2020. I have 100+ peer review scientific publications, over 400 popular press articles, extension publications too numerous to count, podcasts, videos, Facebook posts etc etc. I have conducted a Pacific NorthWest annual loss and management survey for past 10 years and a Pollination economics survey for last 8.