Before they even think about it

Ken Basterfield I article ‘Swarm Control Achieved through vertically splitting a colony’

However, the (Basterfield board) technique is equally applicable to large colonies that you think may not be currently be attempting to do this. In this case it may deter swarming re-unite with a young queen at your leisure.

But it does raise the question what set of characteristics/issues should trigger a split?

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