Sometimes the “Just-In-Case” notion pays …
We cleared and stored all our outdoor furniture in the garage, took down hanging plants, sheltered potted plants in the oak-well, did all that was necessary on our hurricane checklist before heading for the airport to enjoy our vacation in Singapore and Australia, Just-In-Case. Well, while in sunny Sydney where it was the start of Spring, we sat & watched US news channels of Hurricane Matthew blowing through Florida.
Not much we could do ~ just enjoy the vacation and accept whatever mess Matthew decides to leave behind, right? Upon our return, we didn’t give it much thought during the 1st 2 days of clearing and performing CPR (Crucial Plant Resuscitation) but then we suddenly remembered: we had decided to hang up our Swarm Box a day before leaving, Just-In-Case some Queen and her entourage needed shelter.
On Day 3, we checked … and … Yo! Her Majesty did take refuge, perhaps to hide from Matthew(?) and decided to stay on.
We’ve decided to leave them alone, let them make themselves at home but to bring out a spare Top Bar Hive and place it close to the Box, to let them get used to the scenery.
Our neighbor’s hurricane shutters are still up but we are hoping 2016 hurricane season has ended, even though it’s only the 1st week of November. Did this swarm come from our other hives? Or our neighbor’s hive? Did Hurricane Matthew contribute to their settling in this Swarm Box? Whatever the circumstance, we’re glad we had hung up this contraption and even laced it with Lemongrass oil … Just-In-Case.