Now is the time to order Bee Tree Preservation Hives for Spring 2019.
1) I always recommend setting out Bee Tree Hives in the fall. This allows them to over-winter in your area, gassing-off the human/construction odors and absorbing the natural odors of the earth in your region. Honey bees are highly sensitive to odors - scent is an integral part of their colony life and communication - and, in a Preservation Hive, we want their hive cavity to smell as natural and indigenous as possible.
2) Bee Tree Preservation Hives make ideal bait hives. They are what I use, whether I set them in my apiary to capture my own swarms, or set them in the backcountry to capture wild swarms. If I capture a wild swarm, I can move the Preservation Hive to its permanent location without disturbing the work of the bees inside their hive cavity.
3) My construction schedule will get further and further back-logged the closer we get to next spring.
You can learn all about Bee Tree Preservation Hives HERE.