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The Swarm Saver** is an insect vacuum attachment system designed to collect difficult swarms, (catch what you can in the Bee Chamber, vacuum the stragglers) or be used directly as an insect collection vacuum (ie a Bee Vacuum).
The system comprises of 3 transparent and easy to sterilize buckets with custom components designed for the collection of Honeybees, but has also been used on Wasps and Bumblebees.
One bucket contains all the vacuum related components and connects to a standard hosed domestic vacuum cleaner.
The vacuum related components have 5 hose grips to hold the hose, no need to drag the hose loose.
The Vacuum bucket has a 2 metre long transparent, braided, smooth bore hose for the insect collection.
The hose is easy to clean (you can see the dirt) and avoids bees “bumping” off typical ridged hoses.
Being transparent, you can clearly see any blockages. Blockages can mostly be solved by a big blow in the hose with the vacuum on.
The hose connects with a swivel attachment that rotates 360 degrees without harming the bees passage.
The Vacuum Chamber has a dongle vacuum connector, which connects to a standard hosed domestic vacuum.
The Vacuum Chamber is not intended for holding insects.
Insects are safely contained within the 30 litre Bee Chambers.
The system comes with two (2x) Bee Chambers with an integrated Vacuum Stepper* that passively reduces the velocity of the insects travelling through the hose just before they enter the Bee Chamber, but does not sacrifice vacuum pressure.
In addition to this, the Vacuum Stepper* has a “Bee Catcher” made from a soft flexible, cleanable plastic which the bees harmlessly “bump” off, effectively reducing their velocity further before landing safely in the Bee Chamber.
No more bees going splat due to high pressure!
However, should you find your vacuum source to be too strong, you can reduce the vacuum pressure with the built in vacuum limiter toggle.
The Vacuum Stepper* and Bee Catcher design also acts like a one way valve preventing quick mass exodus (as in an unhappy swarm wanting out).
Bees can enter of their own accord, but are slowed on exit.
Each Bee Chamber is top and bottom vented using a 15cm diameter circular piece of durable hive metal mesh.
Should you accidentally vacuum up small pieces of dirt, they will mostly transit the Bee Chamber and into the Vacuum Chamber, then into the actual vacuum.
This will reduce the amount of dirt you end up tipping into the hive later on. Debris must be smaller than the mesh to effectively pass through.
While the vacuum source is active, the bees will be sufficiently ventilated when inside the system.
It is not recommended to have bees in the Bee Chamber whilst inside the Vacuum chamber and the vacuum source off.
It is especially not recommended to do this in full sun. Cover with umbrella if possible.
If you have concerns the bees need additional ventilation when not actively using the vacuum source, the bees can be manually vented with a pumping action to push out hot, wet air.
Each Bee Chamber will hold up to 20-25k honeybees comfortably. This will cover the majority of swarms and colonies.
Each Bee Chamber has an additional ventilated “door plug” for when travelling the bees by road to keep them securely inside.
Over filling the Bee Chamber will eventually lead to suction performance lose.
If the colony is especially huge, use the replacement Bee Chamber for the rest of the colony.
Each Bee Chamber weighs approximately 1400 grams.
When the Bee Chamber is in use as a Swarm Collector, it can happily “sit” on a hedge due to its very low weight and allow stragglers access to the Bee Chamber.
Knowing the weight of the empty Bee Chamber, you can work out the population of the colony by weighing, subtracting 1400 grams and dividing by 0.11 (bee weight) for a relatively approximate population count.
The combined weight of the unit (excluding the additional Bee Chamber) is just under 4000 grams.
It is easy to get up and down a ladder; can be hoisted easily, can be tied to a chimney, or a cherry lift railing for awkward removals or when working space is at a premium.
The Swarm Saver has been road tested dozens of times using a 1400 watt shop vac on full power.
Each Bee Chamber has a Bee Bridge, which allows the insects to climb vertically and hang, where they are most comfortable.
Each Bee Chamber can be used for Swarm collection, if you get them all in the first go, fantastic.
If you don’t get all the swarm in the first try, simply insert the already somewhat full Bee Chamber into the Vacuum Chamber and just vacuum the rest!
The materials used are scientifically proven*** to be serializable using ordinary methods.
Because the system is so easy to sterilize, you wont risk making the system itself a disease vector for future removals and swarms.
An integrated pressure safety valve is included – so it wont implode if you block it up!
The bees can be top fed their own honeycomb when the Bee Chamber has been removed from the Vacuum Chamber.
Bees are best re-homed within 12 hours of collection (overnight).
Feeding is important, especially for non swarms if kept for this long.
Bees have been tested to 24 within the Bee Chamber.
It is recommended to hive them asap after collection.
At 12 hours you will have negligible loses.
Because the materials are mostly transparent, you will have an opportunity to display the contents to the homeowner as proof of your work, or use as a pseudo observation chamber (within 12 hours of collection).
If you plan your schedule right, you can get great media from the bees in a controlled way.
Because its transparent, if you have to keep the bees overnight in the Bee Chamber, you can play Spot the Queen!
The Swarm Saver comes with a prototype “Broom Attachment”, that you can duct tape a broom handle to for bees that are out of your reach.
This can be very useful when dealing with colonies above your head as in ceiling removals (to give your shoulders a break).
Vacuum lose is prevented with custom flexible gaskets on any exterior facing component.
It is never recommended to directly vacuum honey into the system.
It is especially recommended not to directly vacuum honey then vacuuming insulation. (Never purposefully vacuum insulation).
This combination will “gunk up the works” and lead to bee fatalities.
It is always best to expose the colony first (remove roof tiles\plaster etc) and allow the bees to expose themselves where they can be easily collected.
This takes awhile. When insect numbers clearly decrease, then start working the comb, avoid the honey until last whenever possible.
Price includes free delivery in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
For delivery costs outside of the island of Ireland, please email Steve @ Swarms.ie
Each Swarm Saver is made to order, lead time is approx 4-6 weeks.
Designed and Manufactured in the Republic of Ireland.
** “Swarm Saver” is a registered Trademark of Swarms.ie
*** PETG and TPU are the main component materials. Both of which were used at the beginning of the pandemic for emergency face shields.
The materials were tested at the time for ability to sterilize against COVID19 and still be functional.
The buckets and hose used are food grade plastic.