I had heard about ‘tanging’ recently (banging a spoon on a cooking pot when bees start to swarm to get them to land close by and down low). I tried it out three times last week and it seemed to work. All three times were with one hive and all three times, the ‘swarm’ calmed down and went back into the hive after about 15 minutes. That seemed to be proof beyond a doubt the tanging worked. The third time I tried it out, I took video of it which can bee seen below…
On Saturday, May 4, they started in again about 10 or 11 am. My wife was not happy that she was doing all the work in our veggie garden while I was happily shooting video on the bees, so the bees had to do their thing while I had to do my thing. After 15 minutes of frenzied flying, they settled down again with no tanging. So there goes my theory.
On Sunday they were fine. On Monday they get all worked up again. Seems like there are lots more. I don’t have time to catch an impending swarm so I tang again to try to keep it close.
I shot this video and sped it up in parts to keep it relatively short. It was shot on May 3, so you can see the difference in the size of the ‘swarm,’ if it is a swarm…but if it isn’t, then what is it?