How do I start a swarm trap?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by richhitch, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. richhitch

    richhitch New Member

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    I have a friend that has an old farm house that has 3 hives living in it. He said it was OK to set some traps. So what is the best way to do this. Things are really starting to bloom here and I think it is going to be time for the catchin, soon. HELP
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    A swarm trap can vary in size, but has been reported to work best at approx. the size of a deep hive body. A height of 8 to 12 feet is usually recommended. Entrance to the south or east, baited with old comb and/or lemongrass oil or swarm lure.

    OK, let's see some add on posts here. I know I haven't covered it all.
     

  3. No_Bivy

    No_Bivy New Member

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    I have two up currently....nothing yet. Fishing for bees so to speak. I put this one at 30' to keep it outta reach of vandals. A very active colony is in the third story of a building nearby. I baited with old comb and lure.
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  4. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Things that make a trap undesirable to bees...

    Light coming in from the top.
    Traps placed in the sun.
    Top entrances.
    Occupied by wasps, spiders, etc.