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Swarm trap etiquette

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Swarm trap etiquette

Is it considered bad form to set traps near someone else’s apiary?

There’s a small urban community farm near my house that backs up to a small woods/creek separated by a chain link fence. With the bees being there already and all the flowering plants, trees, water, I’m thinking this would be the perfect place to put out a bunch of swarm traps. My only concern is if the beekeeper sees them and considers it as encroachment.

As far as I’m concerned it’s on the opposite side of the fence, and if their hives swarm that’s on them, not to mention all the other colonies that come to forage at the farm. What do you all think?

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