Baiting my swarm hives...

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by LtlWilli, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. LtlWilli

    LtlWilli New Member

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    I spent a lot of yesterday placing swarm traps all around. I have empty comb from a hive that was robbed, so one frame goes in each of them. My query revolves around whether or not to dribble some honey on them to make the hive more desireable. I know it will draw foragers as well as scouts, but I do not know if the foragers will cause the scouts to move on.
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    Rick~LtlWilli
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Lemongrass oil has the same smell as nasonov pheremone. About 3 drops every 2 to 4 weeks should be all you need. Honey won't help all that much, and may cause robbing of the new swarm's supplies.